Sometimes we have mental blocks and we just can’t break them.
But let’s try and revive our thought process, shall we?
I wanted to share this article written by Dr. Michael Starbid, a mathematics professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Starbid wrote Creativity By Intent for his math students, but I find it’s wholly applicable to writing as well.
Creativity By Intent
- Just do something even if it’s a step in the wrong direction; don’t bother seeking the direct path.
- Make mistakes intentionally, then analyze why it’s a mistake.
- Actively pursue an open mind; accpet a premise that’s completely opposed to your actual belief to see what it yields.
- Explore the consequences of new ideas.
- Seek the essential.
- Exaggerate; does something hold up at a ridiculous scale?
- Understand the issue; what’s the real problem?
- Understand simple things deeply; discoveries come when you’re in your comfort zone.
- Break a difficult problem into easier ones.
- Examine issues from different points of view
- Look for patterns and similarities.
Now be intentionally creative!