I named my creativity workshops ‘Curious Excursions’ because I believe curiosity is key to the creative process. But why? I set out to write an article about it, but I quickly became bored – the exact opposite of creativity.
I dutifully wrote a draft, but during the revision process, I saw the article wasn’t going anywhere. Rather than force myself to stay on track at all costs, I got curious.
What if I played with different ways to express it? What about using a wordle? Or a couple of mind maps?
Now, both my creativity and my curiosity were engaged and the process came alive for me. Then I confronted the big question all artists and writers face:
Will it work? Can I pull it off?
When we’re really working at our creative edge, we’re often asking ourselves this question: Can I do it? Rather than take this as a sign of insecurity, take it as part of the creative problem that you are striving to answer.
My question: How does curiosity relate to creativity? My wordle answer:
To be curious, you have to ask questions. But you can stay in a whirlpool or stuck cycle for a long time if you’re asking the wrong questions.
Okay, so I’m not 100% on the visual article, but I am happy that I tried it. It was important to me to try something, and to not get discouraged if it didn’t work the way I wanted it to. I also didn’t spend a long time trying to perfect this.
How do you let your curiosity lead you to try new things? Share your curiosity in a comment below.
Curious Boulder June 24th- 26th, 2011
Curious Paris, September 1st – 6th, 2011