Lession 1 - Part 2A Lesson by Lady KrimZen
Lession 1: Creative Thinking For Writers - Part 2: Fluency And Flexibility And Activity 1.2: Uses For A Towel
FLUENCY AND FLEXIBILITY
Both play an important role for writers, particularly when it comes to generating ideas.
IT'S OKAY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE!
ACTIVITY 1.2: USES FOR A TOWEL
In five minutes, write down as many uses of a towel as you can think of.
Remember, it doesn't matter how obscure your ideas may sound – write them down anyway. The object is to get as many ideas as possible.
For example, your first answer will probably be ‘to dry yourself’. That’s the most obvious one of course. But what else can a towel be used for? As you progress, your answers will become more and more obscure. That is to be encouraged!
How did you go? Did you surprise yourself with the number of ideas you were able to come up with? If so, then the activity was successful! That is the art of fluency.
Did you find that you started with obvious, practical answers and then came up with some more obscure ones, even ones that you would never have imagined previously? If so – great! That is the art of flexibility.
It is through exercises such as this that we can extract those truly creative ideas and possibly develop them further into our stories. The technique you have just used is an example of brainstorming, which we are about to study in more detail.
In his classic novel 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy', the late great Douglas Adams describes the ordinary towel as: …the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch-hiker can have … you can wrap it around you for warmth, lie on it, sleep under it, use it as a sail on a mini-raft, wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat, wrap it around your head to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, wave it above your head in emergencies and of course dry yourself with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is a book that is full of beautifully creative concepts. There are doors that wish you a happy journey into the next room, fish that when inserted into your ear can translate any alien language, a roast pork that talks to you recommending the best pieces of meat on its body, and an android that is so intelligent it is manically depressed.
Added on November 23, 2010
Last Updated on November 23, 2010
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