Category : Applied Creative Thinking

Written on Apr, 06, 2015 by in
adult swim creative thinking

For those not in the know, Adult Swim is not that time period down at your local Y when everyone younger than 18 is cleared from the pool. Instead, Adult Swim is a channel that replaces the Cartoon Network at night. What’s remarkable about this channel (no, not it’s juvenile humor) is that while viewership among 18-34-year-olds has declined this …

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Written on Mar, 23, 2015 by in
applied creative thinking

According to popular lore, the devil is in the details. Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe believes “God is in the details.” As for us, creativity is in the details, and by details, we mean paying attention to and utilizing little things. In earlier posts, for instance, we’ve pointed out how mere walking can aid creative thinking (the opening paragraph …

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Written on Feb, 04, 2015 by in
advice for creative writers

It is better to write a bad short story than to have a good idea for a short story that you never write. Most of our posts tell a story, give a quote, or start with a hook to interest readers, but this time we’re doing something different. This time the one-sentence first paragraph contains the fundamental and powerful truth …

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Written on Jan, 13, 2015 by in
Ficipedia

Want a good exercise for writing better fiction, one that works whether you are a creative writing instructor or a fiction writer? Read on. In Chapter VIII of our Options:  Constructing Your House of Fiction (2014), we show one very effective way for creating character.  We suggest creating a fictional biography for your protagonist as if filling out a job …

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Written on Jan, 06, 2015 by in
Gender and collaboration in academia

Gender Studies has become a popular field in academia, but we’d like to use the term in a different way—i.e., studying the gender composition of groups. Why? Whether in applied creative thinking, writing, or professional learning communities, we’ve found gender diversity works. (Tweet this quote.) In fact, in our Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking (2012), we name collaboration as one …

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In “Automation Makes Us Dumb” (Wall Street Journal, 22-23 November 2014), Nicholas Carr posits that as today’s computers and software programs get better and better, some even learning from experience, concomitantly “Worrisome evidence suggests that our own intelligence is withering as we become more dependent on the artificial variety” (C1). Carr supports his claim with evidence from computer-dependent pilots to …

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Written on Oct, 28, 2014 by in

According to Ecclesiastes—and The Byrds—“For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  But is there a season for creativity, and how does creativity relate to time? (Tweet this quote.) In Chapter V of our Options: Constructing Your House of Fiction (2014), we advocate that each writer “Establish a work schedule. . . . Try …

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Written on Oct, 14, 2014 by in

Has anyone, particularly a teacher, ever said to you, “Be creative!”? Probably not.  Most of the instructions we receive in our P-20 years ask for recall of specific facts. Even so-called analytical and assessment questions are framed so that students can demonstrate they read the text and amount to paraphrases of the authors’ views. Creative thinking researchers have long recognized …

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Written on Sep, 30, 2014 by in

When we were researching creative thinking for both our Introduction to Applied Creative Thinking (2012) and our Teaching Applied Creative Thinking (2013), we ran across an interesting detail. How many courses focused on developing applied creative thinking in universities across the world—in Asia, the Americas, and Europe—do you think actually exist? (Tweet this quote.) According to Xu et al (2005), …

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Written on Sep, 16, 2014 by in
teach applied creative thinking

Is there one exercise that acts as a super-food for the applied creative thinking regimen?  (Tweet this quote.) Perhaps the power of blueberries and such dietary supplements acting as a super-food has been blown out of proportion, but when it comes to training creative thinkers, one exercise we know demands using the so-called “Nifty Nine” strategies. For over fifty years …

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