We do not create in a void; all art is a truly communal act between self and world; between one mind and another between an art work and the viewer; Only after we have clustered around a blank circle are we given the freedom to discover our own focus, our own point of departure, which we name in the center only after Inverse clustering (see Rico, The Power of Story). We live in a world rich in stimuli—all we have to do is “catch” them around a blank circle. Example 1): painters re-create earlier painters’ work from another century—and are inspired to create something totally different. See El Greco’s painting http://www.fortunecity.es/bohemio/pintura/149/RetratodeTheotocopoulos.jpg now see Picasso’s rendering http://www.iatwm.com/200508/SammlungRosengart/Picasso_Painter_El_Greco.jpg.
Humans do not live isolated in some corner of the brain. We get input from everything if we are receptive. When we observe, imitate, and transcend, we are Re-creating. As painters learn from other painters, so writers learn from other writers.
Example 2) My idea for Re-Creations came from researching the Re-creations of painters. I wanted to apply my discoveries to writing. As a result, I asked my students to listen, really listen, to a poem read aloud. Listening to the same piece a second time, they drew a blank circle around which they caught any words or phrases they were hearing. This act allowed a fuzzy sense of direction to emerge, which they would name as their unique center (see Re-Creations: Inspiration from the Source). And so Inverse Clustering was born, proving to be a deeper reach into the mind’s novelty-seeking, routine-avoiding centers.