Category: Creativity

Dinosaur dreams

This week my son, the budding paleontologist and general animal nut, has me drawing him pages and pages of dinosaurs. So far, we’re on the 10th page (and about the 200th dinosaur) and these creatures have crept into my dreams. They don’t do very much in them, but I know...

Linking smell and creativity, Pixabay

Smell and creativity

When I was a girl at St Andrew’s School in Senderwood, Johannesburg, I used a certain kind of deodorant, which I don’t use anymore. Nowadays, if I walk past anyone wearing that product, my head fills with images of dank change rooms and the horror of obligatory sport, which I...

Drinking in coffee shops

A coffee a day (Part II)

In my previous blog about coffee and creativity, I mentioned the concept of creativity and triggers. This time I am going to talk a little more about atmosphere and what it does to develop or enhance the creative, right-hand side of one’s brain. Many creatives will swear they work better...

Swoopers are like fish eagles

Are you a swooper or a basher?

Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re...