Facts about Fiction 8

 From The Brain Rummager by Brian Barratt

Exercising your creative mind

Some people are more creative than others. However, everybody has two departments in their mind. One department deals with logical thinking and putting ideas in order. It handles parts in order to make a whole. The other department looks at things as whole pictures. It can pick out items at random and make unusual or illogical connections. It is creative.

Here are some hints on using your creative mind.

Identify and use your inspiration time

Inspiration can come at particular times or when people are involved in particular activities (or non-activities). Here are some real-life examples:

When you are just about to go to sleep at night.

In the middle of the night.

Just as you wake up in the morning.

While you are doing a mundane, boring task.

When you are in the shower or on the toilet.

During an intense discussion.

When you are just daydreaming.

When you are listening to music or watching the sky..

While you are taking the dog for a walk.

It doesn't work the same way for everybody. However, if it works this way for you, make a note of your inspiration straight away or as soon as you possibly can. Some people carry a small notebook solely for this purpose. Inspirations are like dreams: they disappear quickly if you don't write them down.

OK, you cannot write things in a notebook if you are in the shower. You can wake up after a particularly interesting dream, but you usually forget it by morning. In cases like this, go over your mental pictures once again. Repeat it all to yourself. This will help to change it from a fleeting picture to a permanent memory.

If you do this aloud, and people hear you, they might assume that you're crazy. That's fine. Creative writers are a bit crazy, anyway!

Put ideas together in a crazy way

Creative thinking is visual thinking. The best way to illustrate what this means is to use pictures. Here is an ordinary man playing an ordinary game on an ordinary golf course. Look at what might happen next...

Ask yourself

"What if...?"

Imagine something completely illogical appearing or happening.

Get your brain working. How would you explain the following situations?

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original photos from non-copyright sources. Embellishments by Brian Barratt.

Copyright 2005 Brian Barratt. This material may be copied or printed only for use by students in school classrooms.

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