Hi adventurers! I hope you’ve got big Halloween plans this weekend! (I’m out of town visiting a good friend and you better believe we have plans! Hind your candy, hide your pumpkins!)
Today I wanted to talk about getting unstuck. Sometimes I have writers’ block, I’ll admit it. And sometimes a writing prompt or even a great story I am already working on isn’t enough to get me unstuck. However, I’ve got a few tools from my graduate course in deliberate creativity that might help.
I always thought I was a naturally creative individual but my course really helped me to see the other avenues of creativity that I can work on and improve. If you find the tools below helpful, I’ve included some links at the bottom for finding out more about deliberate creativity and the department in which I took my course.
- Idea Box: this is a tool for randomly combining options and it almost always sparks some kind of idea in me. You fill in a grid like the one below and then combine the options in random and interesting ways (you can use a number cube to push your limits). Use the selected elements for some flash fiction (or maybe more!).
- SCAMPER: This tool works for rethinking something you’re already working on. It’s an acronym for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Magnify/Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate, and Rearrange. I like to use post-its and big stretch of blank wall with this one.
For more information about these tools and other aspects of deliberate creativity and creative problem solving solving you can visit the International Center for Studies in Creativity website, check out the NYT article, or acquire the FourSight tool cards.
Let’s get creative, adventurers!