Came across a review of the book, ‘Wired to Create.” How could you not want to at least look at it, considering one of the authors is “The scientific director of the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.” (Both my daughters went to UPenn, but who knew such a wondrous department existed?)
Yes, some of the ways to increase creativity mentioned in the book are probably well known to you: go for a walk, take a shower, let your mind wander. But the book, according to the review, rises above those kinds of examples by “emphasizing the complexities and contradictions that distinguish creative people.” In fact, “creative people have messy processes, and often messy minds, full of contradictions.” To which I plead guilty.
Ignoring the cliché right brain/left brain theory of creativity, the authors’ research shows that creativity is a product of the whole brain, a theory I completely agree with. I have always found that my better ideas are a combination of right brain creativity, but mixed with the logic of the left-brain. So the ideas are actually doable rather than just weird, strange and self-indulgent.
And if you are a fellow creative facing yet another deadline, you will find reassurance in a quote from George R.R. Martin (yes, “Game of Thrones). He has missed his already delayed deadline for the sixth book in his series. But as he put it: Sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t.”
Got the idea?