I need to collect things like this in a jar and open it to look at them when I’m floundering.
For me, that’s what creativity is – playing with found objects, reconstructing things that already exist, transforming ideas or stories I already know. It’s not about the colonisation of new territory, it’s about exploring inwards, examining your existing presumptions, squinting at the archive of experience from new angles, and hoping for some sort of revelation. What really matters is whether we as readers continue to think about the things we have read and seen long after the final page is turned.
Shaun Tan, Originality and Creativity [source]