End of February, shortest month of the year, and one of the most stressful times in Japan. Everyone is under pressure. It’s smack in the middle of exam season, and for my daughter, the really important one is coming up next week. Kids are graduating in a few weeks, people are moving. Everything turns over between March 31 and April 1, but now is the darkness before the dawn. Nobody knows anything except “maybe.”
(a mashup of concert footage from Queen and David Bowie at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert; the mix is pretty close to the classic Queen/Bowie song, the description says)
It’s like the beginning of the third act in a novel…
Source: Michaeline: Under Pressure from Eight Ladies Writing.
Sometimes all you need to spur creativity is to try a little exercise to get warmed up. Elizabeth, one of the Ladies over at Eight Ladies Writing, is doing Friday writing sprints to help writers of all kinds gear up for productive weekends (and Friday downtime). Here you have it: Random Word Improve.
Welcome to another installment of Random Word Improv, or as I like to think of it, play with a purpose.
Whether you wrote a lot, a little, or none at all this week, a few minutes of Improv is a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. As a plus, you might just stretch your creativity in new and interesting directions.
All right, let’s get started. This week we have a 1960s theme going on. The words are meant to invoke images of free-love, Volkswagen minibuses, Woodstock, and the more positive feelings of the 1960s. What you choose to do with them is completely up to you.
Today’s bonus word is: counterculture. Today’s bonus phrase is: “can you dig it.”
[Check out] the rest of today’s randomly selected random words…
Source: Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Welcome to the 60s!
Roy F. Chandler standing next to a stack of the books he has written. Photo by Katherine R. Chandler/29 April 2009
I envy writers who write fast and well, who don’t seem to have the creative issues I have. Two, three, four, five, six, or even more books per year for these folks seems entirely within their grasp. I can’t write that fast. I never have enough ideas; concepts don’t jump out at me. I’m not one of the writers who say, “I have so many ideas, I don’t know what to write first!” No. I say, “What can I write about next? Must cogitate.”
I’ve always thought that a person is either an imaginative thinker or not—that’s it’s a genetic trait, a gift. It turns out, that’s not true.
Researchers Brian Lucas and Loran Nordgren report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology that people underestimate how many creative ideas they can come up with if they continue to work on a problem, rather than give up after mediocre initial results. In fact, the most creative ideas arise after many other ideas have been considered and discarded. People who give up too soon don’t allow the best ideas to emerge…
Source: Kay: The Value of Persistence
I’m trying something new here—there’s so much great information and encouragement over on Eight Ladies Writing, where I’m compelled to blog more frequently than here, that I thought I’d try reblogging as many of the posts as I can. Today we hear from Elizabeth. Source: Elizabeth: Will They Live Happily Ever After?