This article was published in ROCKHURST, in Spring/Summer 2001. The title of the article was Unmasking the Muse by William Sturgell PHD.
HOW TO TAP YOUR CREATIVITY
- You must want to create: Creative solutions come from intrinsic motivation, from the joy of working on a particular kind of thing, from the love of working in a particular field.
- Identify a problem in the field or an artistic endeavor to work on. It must be something that garners your genuine interest.
- Commit. You must believe in the value of your creative endeavor, that in the end you will produce something useful.
- Surround yourself with friends who believe in you and your endeavor.
- Learn as much about your endeavor as you can. Not only will you learn, you will discover previously unrecognized problems, which in itself is a creative contribution.
- Question the assumptions and presuppositions of everything. Think critically. Seek your biases. Test your beliefs.
- Let your imagination go where it may. Get playful with your thinking. Observe Carefully.
- Get a hobby - Something to take your mind off your creative endeavor.
- Schedule leisure. Play.