But creativity simply means you have the ability to think of new ideas, and that is something a good lawyer does every day. Whether you are interpreting a case in a novel way, trying to grow the pie in a negotiation, or reframing a bad fact, you need to hone your creativity.
Creative thinking is work. You must go through the motions of being creative. Your brain is not a computer. There is no right answer. Never stop with your first good idea. Expect the experts to be negative.
There is no such thing as failure. You do not see things as they are; you see them as you are. Always approach a problem on its own terms.
Learn to think unconventionally. I think my two favorites are this: Whenever you try to do something and do not succeed, you do not fail. You have learned something that does not work.
Creative geniuses do not think analytically and logically. Conventional, logical, analytical thinkers are exclusive thinkers which means they exclude all information that is not related to the problem.
They look for ways to eliminate possibilities. Creative geniuses are inclusive thinkers which mean they look for ways to include everything, including things that are dissimilar and totally unrelated. Generating associations and connections between unrelated or dissimilar subjects is how they provoke different thinking patterns in their brain.
These new patterns lead to new connections which give them a different way to focus on the information and different ways to interpret what they are focusing on.
This is how original and truly novel ideas are created. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.
The thing about creative writing: As desperately as we may want to believe there is some foolproof routine or all-knowing system to write a great story, the truth is writers are wranglers of magic. Anybody can write a formulaic script. And so a toast, fellow pilgrim. May we commit ourselves each day to the ever-challenging task of engaging our Creative Self in order to Wrangle the Magic!
For more of the Psychology Today article, go here.Creative writing is fun if you chose to think of it that way, and no, it cannot be taught, but maybe self-learned.
Read as much as possible and your words will flow like a river. What is Creativity?
The Importance of Creativity in Life Can Creativity be Taught? Yes, creativity skills can be learned. IT, advertising and marketing professionals, as well as doctors and lawyers— improve their creativity through creative writing, photography, collage, storytelling.
I could point to my mother, who taught me the ABCs, or Dr. Pohlmann, the AP English teacher who taught a very technical writing structure that I still use today.
Really though, the ones who taught me how to write something that a stranger might actually be interested in reading are my editors here at EdSurge: Tony and Betsy. Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being.
Creativity requires passion and commitment.
It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life. Creative writing is a skill. It is, essentially, the art/science of employing words to achieve a given effect on a reader.
Like all skills, there are Ways To Do Things and Ways Not To Do Things. Tate ran the creative-writing program at Princeton, where John Berryman was a colleague.
Kay Boyle once published a piece arguing that “all creative-writing programs ought to be abolished by law.” She taught creative writing for sixteen years at San Francisco State. Other writers, though, are very much with the program.