Ever been on a committee that had to come up with ideas for the next best thing?
It could be great fun, depending on what has to be made:
–a Super Bowl commercial
–a plot twist for a TV show
–a name for a new doodad
–a catchy slogan or jingle for a new brand
–a new method for motivating students
Or paint colors! Whoever sits around coming up with those must have a blast. Been to the paint store lately? You’ll find every hue and shade from Wisteria Snow and Gothic Amethyst to Peach Encounter and Turkish Coffee.
Visualize people sitting around the table, spouting ideas that get bounced around like a racket ball spinning from wall to wall. Palpable energy sizzles as creativity takes wing. Like popcorn spinning from a popper.
Now hone in the artist in his studio, standing at the easel, paintbrush in hand. He’s so entranced he doesn’t hear laughter, TV, or sirens. A stroke of vermillion here, a splash of crimson there–unimpeded by the world. The last thing he wants is someone knocking on the door.
Or note the author plunking away at her keyboard in isolation. She’s oblivious to everything outside the open window. Characters and actions flit across her mind’s eye, then settle in to stay. Heated dialogue sparks and crackles, just as real as this morning’s breakfast.
A far cry from the noisy committee! Yet both artist and author are immersed in a creative process as vital as the board room meeting.
In fact, some people claim they can’t think or create with people around.
Others need the energy sparked by colleagues for imagination to flourish.
Some say ideas just pop into their head without warning. Like popcorn.
Others say their ideas incubate, swimming around in murky waters a while before making themselves known. In the back burners of the mind, flavors meld together over time. Like a slow cooker.
Whether you’re the more artistic “right-brained” type or the more methodical, analytical “left-brained” thinker, you need an environment that invites new ideas rather than inhibits.
Surely personality has something to do with it. And whether a person is an introvert or extravert. Where does energy come from? From outside or within?
Both methods are valid. And needed.
Do you come up with your best ideas in discussion or solitude? Popcorn-style or slow cooker?
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