Everything in existence — be it biology, computers, science, art — builds upon foundations from the past. Singular blocks are combined to create a new structure, which are combined to create something new, which are then combined with something else to create something new.
Always create, and keep everything you make. Finished products come from a collection of small finished products, and everything you make can become a building block for something larger. It doesn’t matter what you do, this method of creation and collection can be applied to everything.
I’m beginning the study of writing as a practice, mostly that of the fiction variety – how does one go about creating a story out of thin air? After consuming and digesting several books and lectures until my eyes bled, the same principle of creativity has been presented yet again: You are not the creative thinker, you are only the vessel. Your best ideas are not your own ideas, they all come from somewhere else entirely. Ideas that you have are just a starting point, but the finished product created itself. You are just the gardener pruning the hedges, guiding the story along a path – otherwise it’d grow into a chaotic mess – and it’s your job to walk away from it ( call it finished ).
Take comfort in this when you begin your next project – just start from a seed of an idea and let the story present itself. Let the little creative thinkers in the deep recesses of your subconscious do all of the creative thinking for you. All you have to do is to put down what they tell you.