Creative Lift 014 – Saying Yes, And …

Creative Lift 014 – Saying Yes, And …

As an improv teacher, one of my very first goals in a workshop is to unlock the power of “Yes, and…” in our classroom. “Yes, and…” is what allows players to actually have fun while improvising. Working with writers, I’ve discovered that developing this mindset is equally important. No matter what kind of storytelling artist we are, we need to say “Yes and…” to our own hunches, and also to external clues like prompts, new information that shows up with unexpected serendipity, or even to feedback from caring collaborators.

In Season Two of Creative Lift, we’re putting the discoveries from Season One’s Hero’s Journey to practical use. In today’s episode, we’ll explore the “Yes, and…” mindset, and its variations, that each play their own roles as part of the creative process.

 

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Creative Lift 013 – Find the Doorway into Make-Believe

Creative Lift 013 – Find the Doorway into Make-Believe

Do you remember playing make-believe as a kid? Maybe you had an ongoing world you would step into, where the story was always waiting to sweep you away. Whether you played long-form make-believe or just popped into imaginary worlds now and then, I wonder: What was your doorway in?

In Season Two of Creative Lift, we’re putting the discoveries from Season One’s Hero’s Journey to practical use. Knowing that play is important and actually playing as part of your creative practice are two completely different things. And while a general openness to play will be valuable in all aspects of your life, play can become a reliable creative tool when you have a couple elements in place. So, what are those elements? And what impossibilities might play make possible?

 

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Creative Lift 012 – Share Your Story

Creative Lift 012 – Share Your Story

In order to share our stories, we must shape them into stories. We find the unifying thread, choose the meaningful details, and let the extra questions and loose ends fade into the background. Just as when we write stories, when we live them the theme is more likely to be a question instead of an answer. The question is your call to adventure, and the story we live through is the nuanced answer.

In Season One of Creative Lift, we’ve experienced a Hero’s Journey. We answered the call to adventure and have been exploring how play works in our creative process, and how it might not be working quite the way we hope. Today we’ll bring the story we’ve been playing through in Season One to a close and explore the question: What makes a satisfying end to a story?

 

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Creative Lift 011 – Brave The Magic Flight

Creative Lift 011 – Brave The Magic Flight

What if we, as adults, celebrated milestones and transitions in the way we encourage kids to do? What might the equivalent of a 5-year-old holding an “I just graduated from kindergarten” sign be for an adult? While the moments of “graduation” might not be so tangible, so much growth and change happens in our adult years. How might we mark that growth in a meaningful way?

In Season One of Creative Lift, we’ve experienced a Hero’s Journey. We answered the call to adventure and have been exploring how play works in our creative process, and how it might not be working quite the way we hope. Last week, we experienced the climax of our story and came away with a specific gift. Today, we’ll explore how you might claim that gift more fully, and mark the important growth you’ve achieved in this process. 

 

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Creative Lift 010 – Wrestle the Dragon

Creative Lift 010 – Wrestle the Dragon

Like developing our creativity, developing our inner strength is both a little bit harder and also a whole lot easier than we make it out to be.

Harder because to meaningfully build inner strength, we need to intentionally practice. Strength does develop quietly in the background, but it can also atrophy. If we leave it up to chance, it’s easy to find ourselves in need of strength that just isn’t there. Maybe you’re wondering: How might we practice strength? It’s a great question. Practicing strength isn’t as tangible as practicing a one-handed cartwheel.

When a skill is hard to see or measure, that’s when story becomes such a valuable tool. In fact, the story we’ve been playing through in this first season of Creative Lift has been designed for this very purpose—to build our creative strength.

In Season One of Creative Lift, we’ve experienced a Hero’s Journey. We answered the call to adventure and have been exploring how play works in our creative process, and how it might not be working quite the way we hope. In today’s episode, it’s time for the climax of the story, when we face off with our dragon and see where the moment takes us. Sometimes a dragon is vanquished in one encounter, but often the result of standing face to face with them is that we renegotiate our relationship and find a more workable relationship for our ongoing creative health.

 

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