Saturday, January 29, 2005


Struggling with essays...Writers block...Can't get creative.
Here are some tips to Kickstart your creativity. (from the web)

1. Journalling :Each morning as soon as you get up, write three pages of anything. Typically you will write about what you did the day before, ideas, dreams, problems, and rambling thoughts. You may need to get up 30 minutes earlier to do the writing.

2. Regular Fresh Input: By giving your mind fresh inputs each day, your memories get triggered and combined with the new input. Sometimes you will get ideas or gain new perspectives. How do you get new input? Do something new each day. Listen to different radio stations, read or borrow different magazines, take a stroll through a shopping centre. Keep your eyes and ears open, and taste, touch and smell things. Don't forget to carry a notebook or micro-cassette recorder to record your ideas during the day.

3. Learn a new Creativity Technique each week : Just like learning new words in a foreign language, you will need to practice the technique until it is second nature to you.Books like Michael Michalko's Thinkertoys, Arthur VanGundy's Brain Boosters for Business Advantage, Robert Alan Black's Broken Crayons or James Higgins' 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques.

4. Relax!: Listen to music on headphones while lying on the floor. Sit outside in the sunshine and do nothing. Take a stroll, ride your bike or go for a swim. It's important to give youself time to unwind and let your subconscious mind do its work. Getting ideas in the shower or while you are driving has almost become a cliche, but it is true.

5. Learn to Draw: Teach yourself to draw. Books like Robert McKim's Experiences in Visual Thinking as well as the numerous books on cartooning, Robin Hall's The Cartoonist's Workbook should help.

6. Learn Mind Mapping: A written list is not the best tool for planning, note taking or idea generation. Use Mind Mapping instead! Buy some coloured pens, large sheets of paper and a book by Tony Buzan or Nancy Margulies. Develop your own symbols, icons and visual vocabulary for your mind maps. Writing long hand is left brain, but mind maps use the right brain by employing colour and visual information. There are other books on the subject by Joyce Wycoff (USA) and Dilip Mukerjea (Singapore).

7. Associational Thinking: The mind stores information by association - a concept underlying the Ideafisher program, and the compilation of a thesaurus. Either can be used to generate ideas. Personal association can be a great start followed by a thesaurus.
Eg:To demonstrate associational thinking, write the word Happiness in the middle of a sheet of paper, and draw lines radiating out from the word. Write down your thoughts on what the concept of "happiness" means to you. Ask other people to do the same exercise and compare.

8. Be challenged!: Take a new challenge each week. Work on a new problem each week, explore something new with the purpose of solving it, or generating ideas.

9. Adopt a genius: You can benefit by learning from the lives, ideas and actions of the great geniuses of history. Adopt a role model - maybe Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, Einstein, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Edison

10. Imagine :This tip is from me .:) Imagine or day dream..What if you were invisible..What if u were born female..What if you were the member of the admissions commitee..what if you were the CEO. You'll enjoy that


At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting..Today, I was browsing your other blog, which is officially closed now. (you know which one). Happent to see the same article there. Only difference is the last point. You suggested Blogging then, now you suggest something different :-)

Dusting off the old archives and distributing the pearls of wisdom to the world? :-)


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