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ERIC Number: ED458582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 9
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Originality and Creativity.
Tan, Shaun
This paper discusses the creative process of one author, a professional author/illustrator of picture books. The paper muses about the meaning of creativity and originality and states inspiration has to do with careful research and looking for a challenge. Creativity is about testing one proposition against another and seeing how things combine and react. It claims that his work as an illustrator has a lot to do with combining various ideas from different sources to produce unexpected results, very much like rubbing different stones together for sparks, and gradually working them into flames. According to the paper, the author/illustrator's most widely circulated and discussed book, "The Rabbits," is the story of colonization everywhere, about power, ignorance, and environmental destruction, but it is also an animal fable, a dark and serious one. The paper describes the broad research process which was involved in bringing the book to completion. It also discusses the research process for another book, "The Lost Thing." The paper finds that what really matters is whether readers continue to think about the things they have read and seen long after the final page is turned. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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