Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How Our Minds Create


One of the most common questions I received as a creativity trainer from writers is do I have to write every day? From a creative perspective the answer is no. The important thing is to be creative every day. If you need to write every day from a discipline perspective, that’s a different matter.
Generative Model of Creative Flow Basics
The Generative Model came out of the category “theory” and was renamed “model” in 2003 when continuous studies over two decades consistently produced the same results. The origins of the model are not new. In fact, prelims to the theory date back to ancient Greece and Aristotle’s commentaries on cause and effect that were later picked up by Saint Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century with the birth of Scholastic Philosophy.
 The first time I saw the Generative Model, it was 1982 and written in theory form, which consisted of a sixteen page mathematically equation that was Greek to me. Thankfully, the articles and studies it sparked poured out within a few months of the original publication and translated numeric formulas into words. I’m going to break down the final model into basic English form addressing the pertinent points relevant to us as writers.
  • Competing behaviors produce new ones 
  • Thoughts, ideas, and actions are all behaviors. Anything that incites use of one of the five (for some people six) senses, incites behavior.
  • The combinatorial process is orderly and predictable
  • For every cause there is an effect/action. By learning to control stimuli and causes, we can control effects/actions.
  • By influencing the type and number of competing behaviors, we can accelerate the creative process and direct it toward useful ends
  •  That’s the theory in a nutshell. Sounds easy enough, and truthfully as you gain understanding of the process, it makes perfect sense and becomes easy to apply.
Implications of Generativity
  • Everyone is creative. Everyone is capable of influencing behaviors to generate creative control.
  • “Creative” people have special skills. Every creative person employs stimuli that produce creative flow whether they can identify how they do it or not.
  • Eureka! Anyone can learn these skills and be creative.

(Maybe I'll talk about the skills next time).
Have a wonderfully creative day!

Mary McCall//www.marymccall.net

4 comments:

Big Mike said...

Thanks Mary. Never heard of that before. We have a very eclectic group.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Bad case of "ergo."

Not everyone is creative, just as, not everyone has a sense of humor.

linda_rettstatt said...

I tend to agree with you, Mary. Not everyone can write a book or create a painting that's pleasing to the eye, but each of us is creative in our own way. Sometimes that translates to how someone decorates their home or presents a meal. Sometimes that creativity is taken for granted.

Annabel Aidan said...

Sounds like a complex way of saying, "Stop making excuses" which I totally support! ;)