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Creativity Class 1 - Linear Creativity

Truly creative people can often visualize the end result of the creative process before they even start out on the expression of their idea. But does this work for everyone?

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Creativity in music is highly valued. Perhaps the next revolution in musical styles is a little overdue, but in the meantime we love to hear new slants on existing styles, new sounds, new ways to please an audience.

So where does creativity come from?

One answer is deep within the human psyche. Somewhere in the brain is a creativity center that, when unleashed, can bring forth new ideas in seemingly limitless supply.

People who can tap into their 'creativity center' at will are rare. But when they do appear and are given the chance to express themselves, we get a Mozart, or a Duke Ellington, or a Lennon and McCartney.

People in this class of creative genius are very few. They have the ability to visualize (or 'auralize') something in their mind, and then give it physical expression in the form of music.

Once the creative impulse has gelled inside their head, the route to its expression is a straight line. They know where they are going, and pretty much get there directly. They don't need to try things out and experiment, because they know what they want. They might struggle to get physical reality to come up to the standard of what they have conceived, but they know they will get there sooner or later.

Linear creativity isn't for everyone. It is for the rare few people who possess a creative imagination. For the rest of us, fortunately, there are other creativity techniques that we can use to our advantage.

See also 'Recursive Creativity' 'Exponential Creativity'.

By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006
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