Garbage in garbage out.
This is a saying in technology that basically means, poor input will always lead to poor output. That a computer only gives out what you put in. But I find this applies to humans too. Especially in terms of creativity.
Creators are consumers, but not all consumers are creators.
Before you make something you need ideas. So how do you get ideas? The easiest way is to consume media.
If you want to make anime but have no ideas whatsoever, watch anime. If you want to make a game but have no ideas, play games. Eventually inspiration will strike and the ideas will come. Creators are fans too. We are just fans who love something so much we decided to make our own. While most fans are happy being consumers.
And so the saying, garbage in garbage out comes to play. If you consume crappy stuff you will make crappy stuff.
I am a big believer in not watching bad anime, playing bad games, watching bad movies, etc. As a creator it will make you a bad one. As a consumer it will lower your standards.
That is why I started reading/playing Steins; Gate. Said to be the best visual novel of all time.
And right away I already learned something.
Compared to my visual novel (Super Detectives), Steins; Gate had more dialogue. It had deeper writing.
This will probably be the first and last visual novel I will consume. At least it was a very good one.