Everybody needs creativity. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living; if you’ve got problems to solve (and everybody does) then you need to keep your creative processes agile and fit.
Frankly, I think I’ve let mine get a little rusty lately; because I seem to be following the definition of insanity to the letter. Namely, thinking that the same approach used repeatedly will eventually net me a different outcome.
People, it doesn’t really matter if your problem is a story problem, a design problem, a programming problem or a relationship problem. (Or if you’ve had all four turn up in the same week.) Problem solving is a creativity issue.
So before those of you who think you aren’t “creative” click away, thinking “Well, then I’m screwed,” let me just say that everybody is creative. In different venues, in different ways, sure–but everybody has the capacity for creative endeavor. Ever used a butter-knife for a screwdriver? Congratulations: you’re creative. (And if you haven’t ever used a butter knife for a screwdriver, you’re either functionally-fixed like Chris; or you have an incredibly impressive toolbox that is always with you.)
But I digress.
So in the name of pumping up everybody’s creative muscles, I’m going to be digging up useful resources for creative fitness all through the month of August. Today’s entry: The Ball of Whacks.
So go give yourself a whack right now.