Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Simple Secret to Being Creative.

I love creative but if you ask me what it is I am sure I'll come up with different answers, none of which are satisfactory.

But what I can do is tell you is what works for me.

The simple secret is that you must have basic limitations. That sounds confusing, but what happens if you don't have basic limits.

Let's have a look:

Write a story. Ooops. It to wide a subject, no limits.

Now if I tell you to write a story and it has to have the words: Sugar, tree and bear. Well you have a good start. (By the way this is a great creative exercise for writing).

If I tell you that it can't be more than one page long and that it has to have a magical scene, you now have creative limits.

Now you have a map, and it is up to you to be creative.

So the secret that you can apply to any circumstance, is to define what I call the limits. What you need is the mentality or should I say the attitude, and apply it to everything you see.

You are bound to come up with some pretty weird ideas, but the worst scenario is that you will have fun.

Finally, just a couple of extra tips.
- When writing or solving problems, as you play around with the secret, put the tip of your tongue against the back of your top front teeth. This helps both your brain hemispheres to work together.
- Challenge yourself to observe. Look about you and search for ordinary things you no longer notice. This by the way will also help you to quiet down your self talk.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why Develop a Child's Imagination?

Children are imaginative. Watch them as they play with their toys, specially when they are by themselves.

The fascinating thing is that they haven't yet learned limits to what they can imagine. They aren't yet stopped by experience or being influenced by what others may think.

When parents motivate and celebrate their children's originality this strengthens them in ways that go beyond developing their creativity. It provides them with self assurance and fortifies self image, as well as increasing their resources and future problem solving skills.

Somewhere along the way many kids are stunted in their creative flow. This could be as a result of family environment or schooling - specially when they forced into accepted ways of doing things.

So playing with your kids and getting them to think of other ways of doing things and play acting will help them sustain and develop their creativity. A great way of doing this is by sharing with them creative activities - building blocks, playing with lego's, and perhaps my favorite, telling stories.

My kids love stories, real or invented. They love it when I share things I did as a child. Or when I tell them things they did.

We were recently on a very long road trip, and the games we came up with were great. The best, according to them, was a story we made up together. They came up with three words. Bat, duck billed platypus and night. Everybody pitched in and we ended the first part of the story four hours later.

As I watch them (all 5) I find that each in their own very different ways are very creative in problem solving. The use of their imagination is second nature to them.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Privacy Policy


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