Creative Lift 019 – Mine the Mess for Gold

Creative Lift 019 – Mine the Mess for Gold

While it may be more obvious to play while brainstorming new ideas, play is also valuable throughout the other phases of the creative process. Play is the trap door into the creative process that plunges us into the hard things before we know they are hard, so that our natural courage shows up when we needed it, and so we could prove to ourselves what we are capable of doing. Ideating isn’t the only hard thing. Every part of the creative process poses challenges.

In today’s episode, we’ll explore strategies for mining the mess that might pile up during a brainstorm with a puzzle-solving mindset to find the gold. Next, we’ll use critical thinking tools to figure out where and how those chosen pieces might best fit into your overall project.

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Creative Lift 018 – Make Educated Guesses

Creative Lift 018 – Make Educated Guesses

How seriously do you take decisions? Do you hover on the edge of decisions as though you’re paused on a diving board, anticipating the cold impact of the water? Or do you plunge on in, but pop out again nearly immediately, letting yourself change your mind over and over again?

What does decision making look like for you? And how does decision-making play into your creative practice?

In today’s episode, we’ll consider a variety of decision making styles and play with the idea of making educated guesses in those situations where we don’t yet have an answer. 

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Creative Lift 017 – Fail Forward and Level Up

Creative Lift 017 – Fail Forward and Level Up

Today’s episode focuses on what can sometimes be an unpopular subject. Failure.

Before you decide to skip this one, know this: failure is a key part of playing games.

Play is our most valuable learning strategy. Play is how humans, throughout time, have learned to do things they don’t yet know how to do.

The way we level up is to experiment, fail, learn, and then find a new answer. No matter what kind of game you’re learning to play, the more open you are to failure, the faster you will be able to test theories and learn. In this episode, we’ll look at failure through a prism of perspectives. We’ll acknowledge that it is both hard and helpful, and brainstorm how we might make the most of failure experiences as a tool to push onward in our creative work.

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Creative Lift 016 – Visualize a Play Space

Creative Lift 016 – Visualize a Play Space

Whether you enjoy visualization, or it’s a stretch for you, our exploration in this episode will help you see more clearly how to put this skill to use in your creative thinking.

Whatever kind of writer or storytelling artist you are, being able to “see” the world of your story in your mind will multiply your effectiveness in many ways.

Today, we’ll focus on how this skill will help you play games more effectively, whether they are intended to help you reflect, ideate, revise, learn, or collaborate.

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Creative Lift 015 – Start with a Simple Recipe

Creative Lift 015 – Start with a Simple Recipe

Do you prefer to personalize your approach or stick exactly to prescribed guidelines? Either way, by starting with a simple recipe, you give your creativity a play space in which to innovate.

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 how to use the simple recipes in improv and other similar games to jumpstart creative thinking.

 

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