There is no GPS for the creative life; the pathways we may follow are too winding and the influences and inspirations come from so many places and times.
Divergent thinking can even come into play when promoting creative projects.
The photo is writer Sherrilyn Kenyon, who has some interesting comments below about influences on her work.
What made me aware of her was a recent newspaper article about how book publishers (including hers) are using professionally produced 30-second commercial spots or book trailers to promote titles.
Maybe you could create your own videos as creative projects on their own, or to promote your music, play, visual art or book. That’s what I did for one of my books Developing Multiple Talents; the (definitely non-professional) video is titled People With Multiple Talents – you can see it at my YouTube channel here or on the book site here.
Sherrilyn Kenyon writes Urban Fantasy and the Dark-Hunter vampire series, plus historical novels with paranormal elements, under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor. There are over twenty million copies of her books in print. [Wikipedia]
On her site, she comments “There are actually writers whose works have influenced my writing. But not the way most people think…”