My own creative experiences in work and play support this view. Whether we shape our environment to support our creative ambitions or whether it surprises us with unexpected inspiration that calls us like a muse to creative acts, the product of individual and environment is what shapes the resulting work. This is most obvious perhaps in a dance partnership, where individual talent contributes along with the music, the partnership and the mood to produce the creative effect. The power of the environment is equally present in all creative work.
There is a lot of discussion around motivations or whether we are driven by innate need or some external reward to be creative (Weisberg, 2006). I think that this too is part of the environment that contributes to shaping the creative work. No matter whether my creative efforts are the product of employment or as part of a hobby, various creative works I have developed, contributed to or witnessed created by others prove this. A holistic view of the interaction we have with our surroundings is essential to consider how and why we are creative.
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