Yesterday I had a kid come up to me and say he was going to quit yoyoing. “Why?” “I’ve been working for days making this new trick and I found it today on youtube.”
This is one type of creativity gremlin, a little monster that defeats the creative spirit and robs the creator of the satisfaction that comes from the creative process. I explained to the young yoyoer that he still had created something special and he still had ownership of it. Certainly someone had basically created the trick prior to him but he had still had expressed himself and created something worthy of his efforts.
Many of us have created tricks or moves only to discover them being used in videos or even taught in tutorials. That shouldn’t detract from the satisfaction of having created the same thing.
This is just one type of gremlin when it comes to creativity. Let’s identify those little buggers in this thread and cage them up!