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One way to increase creativity

A Harvard study showed that distancing oneself from a problem actually increases creative thinking.  The closer the problem, the less the creativity in solving it.

If you say a problem was developed at a local school, people find it less easy to manipulate the data.  But say the problem was developed in a European school, and the creativity soars.

You can also create distance by adding time.  My novel is set nearly 50 years ago.  This does create distance.

Another way is to figure out what another writer or poet would write.  Or a dialog with someone long dead.  Or how someone far away might tackle the piece.  George Simenon or Euripides or Emily Dickinson or my favorite, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

I meditated on a sense that, now that I am in the last third of my life,  is the sense of a closing door or an approaching wall, create a sense that everything is near, too near?

Then it would explain why older writers are sometimes less creative, or feel they have lost their creative gift.  There simply isn’t enough distance unless one writes for one’s children or grandchildren or a few generations from now– or the young people in the USA or the world for that matter.  Or spend time in fantasy with great writers of the past.

But some trick is essential or the approaching end of life makes everything seem too close.

 

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