Creativity as a personal quality is a slippery fish. What is the answer to the question, “How do I become more creative?” or the correct response to the lament, “But I am just not a creative type?”
I believe that, in the same way that everyone on the planet with arms can throw a ball (however badly) so is everyone creative. Further that, just as with a bit of help, training, guidance and tips, you can get better at throwing that ball, you can become more creative.
In the last quarter of this year, I will be hosting a series of workshops and talks which will help people unlock some of these techniques. But there are some really odd-ball and simple things you can try at home anyway.
Read this article on song-writing for example. Some of those techniques sound crazy. Yet I can assure you that I have used at least four of them to great effect when writing poetry, trying to come up with a unique angle for an article and in writing short stories.
Sometimes what limits us with being creative is not what we don’t or can’t do, but in what we DO do. We are too busy, too focussed, we want to make it perfect the first time, it must be a certain size/scope… instead of letting things just come along as they may when you step aside and stop making so much mental noise.
So, try out some of the whacky ideas in this article… You don’t have to be a musician… you can use images and movies instead of music. Most the ideas can be adapted and give you a swift kick out of your comfort zone and into some other ‘inner-space’.