Last week's Create a Spark Saturday challenge was to read aloud progressively more positive statements about creativity to boost artistic vision.
I printed out the 10 statements about creativity (click the link to go back to last week's post to remind yourself of what I was intoning daily). With the printed statements beside my bed it was easy to read them out loud to myself at the beginning of each day.
My verdict? The last statement "I am a creative genius" made me laugh at my own audacity every single time. I had of course written the statements myself so it was a pretty bold statement. But it always meant that I started my day with a laugh - never a bad thing.
This week I managed to pull two cool new and creative ideas out of my head without really thinking too much about it - just "bam" the ideas appeared. Was it the re-enforcement of the creative statements? Who knows, but I don't think it would be a bad thing to read those statements out loud every time you felt a bit flat creatively. It doesn't hurt and doesn't take a lot of time and effort, so why not?
I'm thinking this creativity booster may just have merit.
This week's challenge: Read Alice in Wonderland, Kafka's Metamorphosis, or any other absurdist masterpiece.
According to an article I read on the PsyBlog, our brains try to always find meaning in our lives. When the mind encounters absurd situations it has to work harder to find meaning.
Apparently in one study into the effect that the absurd has on our minds, participants were asked to read an absurd short story by Franz Kafka before completing a pattern recognition task. When their results were compared with control participants, those in the group who had read the absurd story story showed an elevated subconscious ability to recognise hidden patterns.
So to enhance creative insight try reading absurd literature like Alice in Wonderland.
Or try some absurd, nonsense poetry from Edward Lear , also for free on Kindle.
Did anyone else try reading progressively more and more positive statements about creativity? Are you up for reading some absurd literature in the name of fostering your inner creative genius?
Bring on the absurd!