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.