"Mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task. "Amy's creativity is the main factor that landed her the job at the design firm."
In modern culture, people labels creativity as natural gift. People normally praise artists "how talented you are" but being creative has nothing to do with talent. Creativity is a skill which needs to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other thing. Juggling takes practice, as does car driving, swimming, and coding. Creativity is no different. The more you make creativity as a part of your life, the more you learn, the more it will grow.
When we were in school and college everyone said "stop doodling and pay attention" to your studies. Now it's time to bring back the doodle. Normally doodling is demonstrated as a lack of focus. In fact, doodling can help you to stay engaged during any activity in which you might otherwise find your mind wandering.
Suni Brown author of "The Doodle Revolution notes that some of the greatest thinkers like Henry ford to Steve Jobs used doodling to startup creativity. Doodling can activate your neurological pathways, leading to great ideas and imagination. Nowadays companies increase doodling during meetings to have great ideas about the improvement of company products.
Sign Up for a Class in Something You've Never Done Before
Creativity flourishes when you put yourself out of your comfort zone and learn something new. Some institutes offers educational classes which help adults to do something new, learn new language, make some paintings, try to write poetry or anything you like to do for yourself which you never ever done before.
Create the Right Environment
The truth is that every person can be creative. We can't say that creative people are different from us they are one of us. You simply need right environment and support. You know Kids are awash with creative energy because they don't have learned to fear any criticism from their family or friends and neither have they faced any kind of failure. The adults are less creative because they have faced so much criticism and are less risk taker. Although not all the creative ventures will work out for you but it does not mean that none of it will work out for you. You just need to create more and more whatever you like to do without thinking about those who will criticize you.
Pause the Brainstorming and Go on a Walk
Though old-school practice dictates about group brainstorming as a very powerful way to generate creativity, but modern research found that group collective isn't always going to help you in generating creativity.
Instead, you need to try new ways to be creative. So take some time for yourself and go for a walk relax yourself. Walking and relaxing on park normally have a positive effect on creative thinking. Normally in theater they say to do rehearsal on different poses or walking, it helps them to be more creative about their creator.
Engage in Flash Fiction
"Flash fiction is an umbrella term used to describe any fictional work of extreme brevity, including the Six-Word Story, 140-character stories, also known as literature, the dribble (50 words), the drabble (100 words), and sudden fiction(750 words)"
Try to write small pieces of stories or articles. There are some flash fiction writing groups online in which the members write short stories like 100 words based on given topics. No one can say that it's not possible to give time to this flash fiction. So try to join any online group of flash fiction and improve your creative thinking.
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