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Creative Thinking Challenge #1

What creative thinking did you do yesterday?

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts are going to focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

For the first prompt, let’s start with something that could be trying to prevent you from even taking a chance to do some creative thinking. In Journal Bliss by Violette, she describes that inner voice:

Do you have that little voice critical inner voice that tells you you’re not good enough or not talented enough, or that warns you not to take risks? I always think of my inner critic in the fitting term coined by … Richard Carson: the gremlin … Regardless of what you call this voice, everyone has one. (pg 11)

Violette’s gremlin inspired the first prompt …

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. The next prompt will post on the 15th of the month.

You can draw a picture, you can build a model, you can make a list, you can create a mind map, you can write a dialogue between you and your inner critic … 

This is a chance to try something new if you want … knowing that others will be there for support!

You can use whatever materials you want (online or offline) … this is your exploration of your creative thinking!

I encourage you to post your response to the prompt somewhere and then link it back here so we can all offer support to each other for our creative efforts (big or small)

Please visit and comment on the response linked just before yours …. and feel free to visit and comment on as many others as you would like.

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

You can do it! I believe in you!


Reader Comments (6)

Stopping by from SITS. Liked your new FB page! This is a great prompt to ponder. Those voices in my head stop me all too often from reaching my full potential. Have a great weekend and September!

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPositively Alene

I've found trying something totally new and different gets my creative juices flowing. Stopping by from SITS!

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommie Daze

I love the premise of your blog - and I would love to participate in your link up in the near future...speaking of creative juices, mine are "on hold" until after the holiday weekend - LOL!

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIlene

This one's easy. The critical inner voice that tells me things aren't good enough and I can't do it is my dad. I hear his voice a lot. But I'm working on it. My voice is telling his voice to shut up more now.

Fun prompt. Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermisssrobin

My inner voice? It's all about time! I feel like I'm just so busy doing everything from laundry to website work, playing with kids to working on lesson plans. There is just so much to do that creative time gets shoved to the side. That inner voice is ticking away, putting more stuff on my to do list, making me feel guilty if I want time to myself. I think it even makes a few extra piles on the kitchen table to clear away just for spite!

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@eliza_peterson

Elizabeth ... Shame on that inner voice adding extra piles on the kitchen table :)

September 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterMelissa Edwards

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