Sunday, September 16, 2007

Changing your Perspective

Creativity isn't some magic ability that some people have and some people don't. Creativity is simply the ability to look at the same thing everybody else is looking at, but see something a little (or a lot) different. And anybody can do it.

I'll admit, some people are naturally inclined to look at things differently; it's just the way they are wired. It does not mean, however, that those people are more creative than you are. Sometimes the key to seeing something different from what others are seeing is in learning how to look at things differently.

For instance, take notion of perspective. The closer or further you are from something, the more you tend to notice things that others do not. In your own writing, try changing perspective.

Moving from third-person to first person brings a distinct closeness to situations. Moving the other way offers a broader, more objective view. Switching characters presents a different scenario as well. What would the story of The Wizard of Oz be like it was told from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West, or The Cowardly Lion, or even the ruby slippers? Parades look different when you are watching them from the street than they do when you are watching them from a building.

When you get stuck, or if you are thinking up a new way to approach a piece of writing, trying changing perspective and see what happens. It's a good way to start tapping creativity.


Katie Konrath said...

Hi Geoff, I like how you tell people to change their perspective as a way of helping creativity. Of course, we already know what would happen if the Wizard of Oz was told from the Wicked Witch's perspective--and it's great fun.

I love when people choose to look at problems and situations in a different way, and then come up with a good idea.

iHanna said...

I haven't thought about it like this, but I agree with you. Creativity is really a way to look at the ordinary in a different way. :-)