Creativity, used in a practical or

imaginative way, brings its own reward 

Preparing to think

The joys of a creative and imaginative mind is that you can stretch it as far as you want in any direction, applying its creativity to practical applications just as much as imaginative ones. These articles look at the use of the imagination for Practical creativity (real world applications) as well as Pure creativity (imagination).

Surprisingly both share a lot in common, for the approaches and considerations required are similar in both, it is merely the final application that is different.  

Supporting topics
These topics may be worth looking through if you have not done this type of thinking to any extent before:

  • For learning about the basics of imaginative thinking and some techniques to help you, as well as some methods for managing your thinking time, see Imagination basics
  • For learning how to bring structure to your creative thoughts and apply them to the chaos within and to the surrounding world, see Chaos

Where it all comes from
This experience comes from over 20 years in engineering and software development on projects such as a communication system for a helicopter and bespoke data management for a number of products. As well as a lifetime enjoyment of writing poetry and fiction, including designing a fantasy world.    

Practical creativity – real world application

Development of a new idea for the real world that has little in common with current products can require great leaps of thinking to figure out how to make it a reality. A mixture of the known and unknown must be brought together and mixed successfully for the idea to become a reality, with the imagination helping to provide ideas and fill in the gaps.

Practical Creativity looks at how the imagination can be used in real world applications. Looking at the preparation and creation stages, it gives a few insights into what to look for, followed by some tips on applying the imagination to this field of creativity.

Pure creativity – a fantasy world is born

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Mysterious cave entrance

The far extreme of imaginative thinking can leave the real world entirely behind. The designing of a world for a fantasy story is one such example of imaginative thinking, within this world the imagination can run wild, creating dark forbidding forests, cave systems, waterfalls, lost cities, and so on…

Regardless of whether the idea started for a fantasy world design or for a fantasy story, both will need to evolve together at some point if the story is to grow. Nether can exist in isolation for very long. Often they are both hovering at the back of the mind, lurking together, as the ideas develop.

Creative thinking for a fantasy world goes through the stages of turning pure imagination into a world to be explored

 Jenny Maryl ~  Inspiring the Imagination ~ Contact Me


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