Creativity isn’t always wild, crazy, and free form.
When you hit a creative block or venture off into a new creative area, structure can actually enhance your creative skills, whether it’s an artsy pursuit or part of an everyday role. How can structure help get your creativity going? Structure:
- Provides models and patterns to serve as inspiration sources. An example is Jan Harness’ frequent use of Haiku – a strict poetry structure with 17 syllables spread across 3 lines. If you can count, you can write Haiku, and its structure makes almost any words sound impressive.
- Reduces the number of creative variables you have to consider. Fewer options allow you to concentrate greater creative energy on those that remain.
- Makes it easier to find instruction and input about using the structure itself. Think about the number of Dummies books available for a variety of creative pursuits.
- Adds depth, since structure itself can help communicate messages. Icons represent this, since certain images and figures suggest far more depth than their visual meaning alone.
- Can make your work more shareable, since others will already understand the form and be able to build on and adapt it. A 12-bar blues structure is an example since it easily allows other musicians to improvise within it.
Remember this Equation: No Ideas + Structure = Creativity