Monster Mashup: Mixing it up to create new ideas.

Can creativity be taught.

Well, yes and no. Coming up with “creative ideas” is a skill that can improve with time. And one of the basics of concepting new ideas is two mix two familiar ideas to create a third new one. Call it the creative mashup if you will.

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And that’s what my family did on Halloween. We participated in a trunk or treat at our church, an event where people decorate their cars and costumes in a parking lot and the neighborhood kids visit. We were Skarif or Bust, a Star Wars visits the tropics theme. We had surfboards and a jet tail on the Millennium Van. I was Princess Lei. (Creative mashup + bad pun.)

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So what are examples of creative mashups?

 Night before Christmas + Halloween

Night before Christmas + Halloween

 Classic movie monsters + high school drama

Classic movie monsters + high school drama

 Santa Claus + Halloween

Santa Claus + Halloween

So the next time you're trying to come up with an idea for a blog post, promotion or even a Halloween costume, try mashing it up!

Happy writing!  :)

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