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Creative Thinking Skills
What does, creative thinking skills mean to you? To me creative thinking skills mean the ability to solve problems in different ways. When you think outside of the box you can end up with some pretty amazing results. Creativity is the ability of the mind to wander in a controlled manner. If it wasn’t controlled it would just be day dreaming, which is ok to daydream as this can trigger creativity.
The most common misconception is that only a few of us are able to think creatively. The truth of the matter is that everyone is capable of creative thought. Remember when you were a child and you would go outside and play all day long? During this time frame you were using your imagination, a skill many adults forget how to do. Imagine your brain for a minute. In your brain are many sectors, one of those sectors controls creativity. Think of this sector as a muscle that needs to be worked out. When you start you might imagine or create an achievement you desire. With enough exercise of this muscle you will soon be creating worlds. Work this out every day and you will be able to achieve consistent results.
How do you release your creative genius? Easily enough you have to absorb as much information as you can each day. Seek out ways to learn something new every day. Keep your mind open to all the possibilities and you’ll start thinking of all the possibilities and even impossibilities. You will do this creatively with little pushing from yourself. Just remember that the more you do know means you’ll always want to know more. Learning is very important to creativity as it provides a basis on which to build.
How To Be Creative
Building up a creative personality is not as hard as one would think. All you have to do is focus on a creative activity each day. This does not mean you have to write 100 pages every day, this means that you should write something every day. I use the term write as a creative activity because that’s what I do. Doodling, drawing, painting, playing music these are all creative activities. It is a concentrated effort but each day that you do something you will have visible proof to yourself that you did something. Keep building on to those things and sooner than later you’ll have a nice collection of creative works. The art of description is hard for most people to master. As a project take an object as your focus and write a description about it. Use the senses to write this and avoid vague and generalized statements. Pretty soon your description will go from, “It smells nice.” To, “The smell of this item was so sweet and intense that it had my mouth watering and begging for a small morsel to savor.”
Sometimes thinking outside of the box is a good thing as the possibilities are endless. When you have to work inside of constraint, this can be good. Working inside of boundaries will help make you more creative in a more focused manner. Have you ever heard of too descriptive? This happens when the creator gets outside of their box and is left to ramble on about how delicious a peach smells like, “the soft, supple, sticky, and sweet flesh of the peach squirted a delicious and intoxicating nectar into my watering and waiting mouth as I gently bit down it to it, releasing the scents of heaven and sending my mind into a delirium of pure unbridled pleasure.”
Sorry…got carried away there. Umm…where was I?
Be as descriptive in your descriptions as you need to be to get the point across.
Just remember that to be more creative you have to break out of your shell. If you find yourself as very creative writing, try painting or an instrument. Do something different, new, and exciting. If you can’t draw or paint and only want to write, this is fine. Try to write something outside of your normal genre. If you write romance stories, write a horror story or a mystery. If you only write prose, write a poem. Changing what you write also changes how you have to think about what you are writing. Writing poetry is extremely different from writing stories and such. Each day set out some time for you to do a creative project and then share that project with a loved one or a friend.
Creativity is the force that propels us forward. If Edgar Allan Poe hadn’t gotten creative with stories, we wouldn’t have detective stories or science fiction stories. All outlandish thought will one day be normal thinking. Thank you for reading and I hope you either feel more creative or practice creative thoughts.
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