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Tuesday
Oct012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #26

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 focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

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. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(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: A Smelly Photograph?!?!?!??

If I asked you to draw, take a picture of, or even write about something RED, you could do that …

Did you just think of a red object?

But what if you were asked to draw, take a picture of, or write about something not as concrete ….

Could you do it?

What would you do?

That is the challenge this time!

You can interpret this in any way you want ...

Go as far as you want …

Or stick close …

I got this idea from a page in Caffeine for the Creative Mind  called How Do You Photography Smelly …

 

If someone told you to grab a digital camera and shoot a picture of a pencil, you’d know exactly what to do, wouldn’t you? You’d find a pencil and photograph it.  Pretty straightforward.

But what if someone told you to take a picture of “bored.”

Now what do you shoot?

No, not yourself. 

You would have to first give “bored” a physical feature, then find something that represented that feature.

Your task is to do just that, but with a twist.

Choose one of the words below and take sixteen digital photographs that characterize that word:

  • flight
  • think
  • agressive
  • joy
  • successful
  • tedious
  • loud

Think of the personificaion of the word as well as the abstract concept of the meaning.

 

Hmmm …. I wonder which one I will choose from that list …

If you get inspired from this prompt, I would love to see what happens so let me know!

 

Sunday
Sep012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #24

Wow! I began the Creative Thinking Prompts exactly one year ago today!

I admit that even I have not tried all the prompts so far but I do enjoy finding ideas and sharing them just in case ….

And you never know what is going to make a difference …

Or provide that extra little push …

Or that new way to look at an idea …

I know I keep going back to the same article as inspiration, but …

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 focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

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. Prompts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month!

(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: Let the Letters Lead …

Image from HillaryIsHappy blogDo you remember how you learned the alphabet?

You probably learned the song ….

Do you still sing that song to yourself at times?

I admit that I do when I am putting something in alphabetic order! :)

Alphabet letters are all around us!

I love the look of alphabet letters … 

Especially in different fonts, colors, and styles!

(I even have a pinterest board called Ideas with Letters)

So you can probably guess that the letters of the alphabet play a role in this Creative Thinking Prompt!

Looking through a copy of Caffeine for the Creative Mind, I came across a title in the index that inspired my curiosity …

Where Is That “Q” I’ve Been Saving?

Are you wondering what I found when I turned to that page?

How well do you know your own personal workspace? You’re about to find out! Using a digital camera, tale a picture of each letter of the alphabet on things ONLY in your current space. Each letter MUST be from a different object. You can move objects to reveal lettering, or maybe even create lettering!

So the prompt this time is to read what I found on that page and create …

If you want to see that as a list of instructions to follow exactly, then do that …

If you want to interpret that idea in a way that is uniquely your own, then do that …

The goal is to get you to do some CREATIVE THINKING! :)

Even if you don’t think you are creative …

 

Tuesday
Jun252013

There is more than what you see ....

Sometimes …

It is not what you see but won’t you don’t see that triggers memories …

You may see a historic church building  …

You may see the remanants of large old trees …

You may see a young girl wearing green …

But what you don’t see is the memories evoked when I look at this image …

I see a somewhat scary time in my life when my dad changed jobs requiring us to move just before I started high school ….

And that turned out to be a wonderful step!

I see a building whose insides were once falling in even if the outside structure remained strong ….

I think many of us put up that same facade at times of being strong on the outside while possibly falling apart inside …

I see a tree that had a yellow ribbon on it when I came home from the hospital after my car accident when I was 16 …

I see a church family that has been there for my family in times of need like when my dad had to have emergency heart surgery …

I see the doorways filled with joy and love where my fiance and I took graduation pictures in our caps and gowns the month before we got married …

I see a sanctuary with an aisle my little girl ran down to see her grandfather on Sunday Mornings …

I see the answers to many prayers …

I see the backdrop for many pictures over the years …

I see strength, support, and love when I look at this picture …

Many times there is much to an image than just what you may first see ….

I think that is true for people too …

Today’s post in inspired by is a Tuesday Quick Write prompt from Teachers Write!

Tuesday
May212013

Where do Ideas Come From?

I recently found these wonderful creations by Claire Bulman and wanted to share another one of them with you!

I love quote from Henry Ford in the 5th column at the top of the page …

And the quote from Amelia Earhart at the bottom of the page …

I also like #4: The Idea Will Appear

And the action can be the toughest part!

What part of this jumps out at you?

 

Solve your creative block today
Thursday
May092013

From one to another ...

So I saw one infographic that I liked

And I was looking for the source …

One of the links that I clicked took me to some educational infographs

And that is where I found this:

 

 

I really, really like these ideas …

Especially the ones listed under #3 ….

How can we apply these steps and ideas to other things we do in our lives?

Because I enjoyed this creation, I went to visit the site of the person who created it …

I write stories for a new generation – kids with the courage to stand up, be different and achieve their goals. I create new stories, a new vocabulary, shaping the growing generation and the world around them.


Her creation, website, and words this made me smile, so I wanted to share it since I hope you will smile too!