Creative Guidelines in Bullet Points

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I’ve actually been doing a lot of thinking during the holidays. More specifically on ideas and creativity, and where they come from. I didn’t really find the answer I wanted but that’s most likely because I had already set an expectation in my mind. Expectations are actually the number one enemy of creative thinking. On the other hand reversing an expectation can broaden your thinking. With this said, I was hinted on some reading material and people to research and came across interesting ways of generating ideas or setting up a creative environment.

I don’t plan on writting a full article on this matter, many websites, blogs and videos do that already. However, I will instead list a best of in bullet points of statements, facts, thoughts that I noted down and that mattered enough for me to write them down. Maybe these will clarify or enlighten you too on the subject.

So I will leave you to discover the following points:

  • Creativity cannot be explained
  • Creativity is NOT a talent, it is a way of operating
  • Creativity is playing aournd with ideas
  • Creativity is when we are not under pressure to get something done quickly
  • It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent (thus not creative) than to do important things that aren’t such as thinking.
  • As John Cleese (actor, became famous through Monty Python) states 5 vital elements that are necessary for setting up a creative environment ; Space, Time, Time (again), confidence, 22 inch waist….humour
  • The most creative proffessionals played the problem much longer than the standard
  • Following point 7. it is essential to leave the mind as long as possible to come up with an original idea. (This goes back to the factor of time)
  • Confidence is important. You cannot be playful if you’re scared that moving in a certain direction may be wrong.
  • It’s easier to be creative if you have someone to play with – bounce of ideas. (Make sure it is someone you like and trust, that won’t turn your ideas down)
  • By changing your perspective you expand your possibilities
  • Sharing your ideas will push for exchange to take place and will most likely lead to other ideas.
  • Creativity means taking risks. Trying new things is a step towards breaking out of traditional thinking.

Sources :
Thinkertoys: a handbook of creative-thinking techniques, Michael Michalko – Ten Speed Press – 2006

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