Experiment with these four steps:
- Think about your creative process (mind map, freewrite, or brainstorm with a friend).
- Write or draw a one-page plan using whatever brainstorming tools helps you to be creative.
- Upload any type of file (text, image, audio) explaining/showing your plan for the creative assignment.
- Encourage your fellow creators
Remember, the creative process has no fixed rules. You have to make them up as you go along, in other words, experiment with ideas for digital stories and decide which idea for a story is the best. Just like we defended our criteria for what makes a good digital story, the criteria for what is a good creative process is different for everyone.
As we have learned from Bryan Alexander, stories can be told for many purposes: to be heard, to be seen (and read), but also to be touched (en.wiktionary.org/wiki/haptic).The creative process can be a very chaotic habit: trying to come up with an interesting idea is hard work. Digital stories make use of our senses in new ways. We might have to wait for virtual reality before a story can allow us to smell a flower or taste a peach. Maybe analog stories do that already? Who knows?
The Greek literary theorist, Horace, persuasively wrote that good literature taught us something and entertained us at the same time. All of the best stories that I can think about have either entertained me or taught me, or ideally both. Horace wrote that creative people “wish either to profit or to delight; or to deliver at once both the pleasures and the necessaries of life (Ars Poetica, 19 BC).
Good luck with your creative process this week, creators! Be it a nonfiction podcast, a microblog fiction, a vlog, or any other subgenre (fiction or nonfiction) of digital storytelling that sparks your interest.
I hope you enjoy creating 🙂
If you have a plan, keep on keeping on.
If you get stuck, try clicking around on the images below.
“Generating ideas is the function of heuristics, which are discovery or invention techniques. Since the time of Aristotle, heuristics have been used in the teaching and practice of rhetoric, whether spoken or written. More recently, those researching the psychology of creativity have found that heuristics can be fruitfully employed, too, for stimulating creative behavior in problem-solving situations.”
Setting Free the Birds: Heuristic Approaches to the Teaching of Creative Writing at the College Level by Peggy Baldwin Parris