CREATIVITY - The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. [Creativity week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]
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I've recently been thinking about what I will do once my year of Bliss comes to an end. Part of me thinks I should just keep going and continue repeating my virtues. It isn't as if one could ever be done with any of them but a new concentration could be very fun. If you have peeked at my Play an Everyday Game tab at the top of the blog you would have read that I'm considering things like Everyday Green and Everyday Adventures as possible future games but each time I come to creativity week it just seems that the topic is so rich it would be a very good stand alone topic.
There is already a Creative Everyday challenge which was started by Leah who also runs an Art Every Day Month challenge in November. There are also loads of creativity focused websites and blogs. Eric Maisel of "The Creativity Book" has a whole bunch of programs and strategies for encouraging creativity. With all the rich material already available there could be a lot of interesting aspects to explore. So the question becomes what aspects? What are the virtues of creativity?
As I did when starting my Virtues of Bliss inquiry a perusal of dictionaries and reference works (like The Creativity Book) provide a fun hunting ground. I haven't taken the time to get serious about this, and I haven't committed to anything with regard to my future games but looking at my different virtues in this way is really quite fun. You may want to do a version of this inquiry for anything you would like concentrate on. A whole Everyday Game is not required for benefits to be discovered.
So on my first pass here are six virtues of creativity that I believe could provide a richer understanding of creativity itself:
How about you? If you were designing a game with "virtues of creativity" what would you include? What embodies creativity for you? If this is to be the next Everyday Game what should not be missed?
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