Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.
This quote reminds me of an acting exercise I was involved in many years ago. It was an exercise that developed a whole bushel of things that actors need to be able to do: concentration, listening, alertness, improvisation, story telling, etc.
We would stand in a circle. The director had a small kitchen timer, one that would go "ding" when the time was up. At first he would set it for 30 seconds and the first person in the circle would start to tell a story which he made up on the moment. When the bell dinged the next person would immediately pick up the story, even if it was in mid sentence. Meanwhile the director reset the timer for another 30 seconds.
The rule was that you had to include all the characters that were brought into the story unless you found some way to get them out of it.
On another day he would set the timer for various times, so we didn’t know how long we would have to speak and invent, it may be 15 seconds or 2 and a half minutes.
Then one day he brought in a ball (it was actually an orange) and when the timer dinged whoever was speaking would toss the ball to someone else so then, not only didn't we know how long we would have to speak, we also didn't know when our turn was coming.
At first we hated this exercise. But we eventually got to love it.
Y'all have some merriment today.
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