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Sunday
Jun012014

Pick A Random Word (Creative Thinking Challenge #31)

 

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 thinkersscientistsengineersleaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many differentsources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

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.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. 

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Randomly Select A Word

While browsing some sites on creativity this past week, I came across one called Ten Steps for Boostling Creativity. One step in particular really jumped at me!

I decided to make it the challenge prompt this month:

If you’re stuck for an idea, open a dictionary, randomly select a word and then try to formulate ideas incorporating this word. You’d be surprised how well this works. The concept is based on a simple but little known truth: freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking…

Take this idea and run with it!

If it makes you want to create something with the word you randomly select, then go for it!

If you just want to brainstorm a crazy list of ideas generated form that word, give it a try!

I would love to see what you come up with!

Have fun and celebrate Creative Thinking!

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