Monday, 11 January 2016

Diary of a creative person: day 7

Describing and expressing things differently

Marc, whilst doing some research for a new composition, became intrigued by some graffiti he discovered, describing it as ''layers of comment and memory'. His re-expression of the word 'graffiti' immediately enabled him to think about it in different and interesting ways.

We all get used to describing things with the same old words in the same old ways. This leads us to perceiving and dealing with things in the same old ways. This is particularly the case when we are at work, where many tasks and problems become routine and routine, jointly understood ways of describing them help us deal with them quickly and effectively.

Trickier tasks and problems, however, and sometimes routine ones that have become mysteriously problematic, demand less routine words that can uncover more creative ways.

Start describing difficult tasks and problems (and routine ones that have become frustrating) in new and different ways: use different words and phrases to describe them (perhaps use the Metaphor Technique); ask what words or phrases capture their essencere-express them by using other people's words or phrases, or by not using words at-all.


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