by Beth Zurkowski
Everyone has some creativity, but kids have the most. As we grow older we lose some. People who are experts in this field say at age 0-5 we have 90% creativity. At age 7 we have only
about 20% and as an adult we only have 2%. This is unfortunate for people who want to be creative in fields such as writing,
art science, and technology. We start to lose originality when we are told what
to make and how to make it to get a good grade in school. And that means we are not using our imaginations.
ideas to form, as an artist or writer, you need to carry around a notebook to jot down ideas and cut newspaper clips and put
them into a scrap book.
to add captions to. Go crazy. It doesn’t matter if it’s silly. No
one needs to see it. Draw cartoons, little doodles. Do art and writing every day.
imagine what would happen if you could fly. Where would you go?. How would it feel? Who would you meet?
okay to have weird ideas. You never know you might come up with a solution to a problem or even invent something.
associations—Come up with ten key words and let your imagination go. What do the words suggest to you? Write them down.
You will be surprised with what you come up with.
what a song sounds like or a food item tastes like. In essence change sound or taste into sight. Or describe how a song tastes.
curiosity—What have you always been curious about, but never pursued ? Go
explore and try to get your child-like wonder back.
open mind – don’t write the same book over and over like you are following rules. Break free of you constraints
and experience new areas you have never been before.
your comfort zone—Do something scary and wild.
passion for your idea—Feel the power that creativity has over you.
seems to have difficulty finding time to just play. Play is important for human development and survival. It’s perfect
for problem solving as well as social and communication skills.
The right side of the brain is creative. The left side is logical and used for technical ideas. But Einstein
believed creative people used their whole brain. At work it is encouraged to always use the left side of the brain. We have
to conform with the ways things have always been done. My sister is a drafter and it’s encouraged at her work to think
creatively-- out of the box. But those jobs are scarce. To be creative you need
to be a leader and go down new avenues of adventure. Not to worry, It is possible to get the creative juices going again.
Beth Zurkowski is an article editor
to the Apollo’s lyre. She is done with her first novel, The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned and trying to find an agent
at this time. You can visit her on the web at Http://Bxerk.net.