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Topic: Creativity in 9 Easy Steps
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (May 5, 2004 12:05AM)
It's certainly not the only way, but this basic outline of the process may be helpful:
1. Knowledge -- Study, read, learn, ask questions, try to know as much as possible.
2. Preparation -- Decide on a small area or problem, focus, gather all the physical elements you may need.
3. Relaxation -- Give yourself space, set aside time, clear your mind of other concerns, eliminate distractions.
4. Play -- Be silly, stupid, have fun, approach the problem in every way you can think of, even the dumb ones, especially the dumb ones, just let your mind wander, act like a child, no one is watching.
5. Awareness -- Pay attention to your inner dialogue, ask yourself why you keep going about things the same way, force yourself to break the rules.
6. Acceptance -- Embrace the stupid, weird, ugly, nonsense, pointless, just let it happen without feeling that anything is wrong.
7. Record -- Write or draw or video everything, doodle, jot, make notebooks, carry a pad or recorder with you.
8. Judge -- After you have all the ideas generated then you can begin to edit to try to make sense of your foolishness, analyze, test.
9. Apply -- If something works even a little bit see if you can develop it further, put the workable ideas in and play some more.
Repeat as necessary.
You don't have to do these things in order. Don't expect to have great results right away. It takes a little time to break your mind free from the structure imposed by the outside world.
--Dan Harlan
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (May 5, 2004 12:12AM)
It should WORK!!
Message: Posted by: CoolMAgic4U (May 5, 2004 12:28AM)
Message: Posted by: owen.daniel (May 5, 2004 07:49AM)
This is great advice Dan, and I will certainly take note of these, and when trying to create something, I am sure I will find help by refering to these...and of course Dariel Fitzkee's "The Trick Brain"
Message: Posted by: Masimax (May 6, 2004 01:33AM)
Thank You
It's a very useful suggestion.

Massimo Pulidori
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (May 7, 2004 11:36PM)
I do hope that these steps help you to release your own creative spirit. Performing something you created can be very rewarding.
--Dan Harlan