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Constraints and the Power to Unlock Creativity

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Applying constraints is like stoking the fires of creativity for writers:

  • Embrace some arbitrary rules, and add some more if that doesn’t work. Remove some rules if it feels limiting.
  • Get some inspiration from other writings, avoiding any real or perceived plagiarism. Even if it is a copy, it will provide you with a kickstart, and can be removed later.
  • Make up some crazy constraints and go into unchartered territory
  • Stay calm and let creativity find its way.

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Constraints and the Power to Unlock Creativity

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Constraints For Creativity

Limitations, constraints and deadlines, paradoxically help us unlock our latent creativity. They help us try the untested, take the risk and explore stuff we normally would not.

Constraints act as rules and guidelines that work for you in a positive way, whether you understand them or not.

Freedom From Paralysis

While too many constraints and rules are counterproductive, a balanced level of constraints helps creativity. Clearly stated constraints help us plan our scope of work and the amount of effort that has to be put.

Example: A pre-existing constraint with an employer of providing a two-page CV along with the cover letter help us draft the same with the limitations in mind.

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

“Creativity is often misunderstood. People often think of it in terms of artistic work — unbridled, unguided effort that leads to beautiful effect. If you look deeper, however, you’ll find that some of the most inspiring art forms — haikus, sonatas, religious paintings — are fraught with constraints.”

For All Budding Writers

Applying constraints is like stoking the fires of creativity for writers:

  • Embrace some arbitrary rules, and add some more if that doesn’t work. Remove some rules if it feels limiting.
  • Get some inspiration from other writings, avoiding any real or perceived plagiarism. Even if it is a copy, it will provide you with a kickstart, and can be removed later.
  • Make up some crazy constraints and go into unchartered territory
  • Stay calm and let creativity find its way.

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