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Creative Thinking Skills

Updated on June 2, 2010


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. 


ideas, thoughts, and solutions come from creativity.
ideas, thoughts, and solutions come from creativity.

Creative Thoughts


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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© 2010 by Wesley Cox. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will be prosecuted.


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      8 years ago

      Merge the creative process with "break out of your shell" and you have a great state of mind..." Think Outside Your Shell" aka T.O.Y.S. Sorry I already trademarked it ;-)

    • Joy56 profile image


      10 years ago

      ah yes, everything is forgotton, on my part, just back to writing again. Will catch up with more of your hubs.....

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      10 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Embee77: Thank you for reading my hub and commenting, I completely agree with your sentiments. Thank you again.

      Joy56: It is good to see you on my hubs again, I hope everything is either ironed out or forgotten about. Thank you for reading and commenting too as I always like to read your comments.

    • Joy56 profile image


      10 years ago

      Creativity is a wonderful thing, open to everyone. Sorry i have not been around for a while, catching up, and as ever enjoying your work.

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      10 years ago

      This topic is fascinating and thanks for writing about it. My recent thoughts are that everyone might have some creative talents but most don't have the luxury of time to explore them for much of their lives. It wasn't till I retired that I started writing for fun, and I've also started up with piano again (after giving it up as a child) as well as other activities surrounding music. My hope is that people MAKE time for their passions - it seems to lead us forward in our lives.

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      10 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      WildIris: Thank you for reading my hub. I am glad you found inspiration with it.

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      10 years ago

      Life-long learning facilitates creativity, but so does asking "What if...." I like the short video you added. The idea of becoming more creative in your daily life is really not so hard. Thanks for the inspiring Hub.

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      10 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Humagaia: Absolutely, within the box or outside of the box is where creativity flows. Thank you for reading.

      Ethel: I've never lost my creativity so far and I have a childlike wonder of all things. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Katiem2: I would imagine you are right, I am a natural stress free person and creative so I would agree with you. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      Creative moments come from peaceful moments, I like the relax and enjoy method, creative people are naturally so when balanced and low on stress, the eb and flow is always there waiting for a peaceful moment to speak up... :)

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      You lose so much creativity with what life throws at you oover the years. You can recapture it though if you try

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      Charles Fox 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      The nub of creative thinking is to find the box. Once found all sorts of wonderful things happen, whether you think inside or outside of it. Search for the box and you will find salvation. The box is everything. Grant me the power to find the box!

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      10 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Thanks for reading Dame Scribe, I always appreciate your comments.

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      Dame Scribe 

      10 years ago from Canada

      It is funny too that people out there can be quite impressed one's creative abilities. :) Great article!


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