10 Constraints That May Help Creativity

Just a disqualifier I don’t have scientific bases for most of these. Also, for many of the entries of this list, you have to be somewhat creative in the first place (or have some practice being creative) in order for them to help.

  • When incapacitated we are often forced to be creative in order to live a normal(ish) life-
  • Urgency – When problems are urgent it can push us into trying less effective ideas. i.e If the boat your in has a hole in it you will figure out what can be used to plug it.
  • Scarcity – In situations of scarcity things can gain more meaning and uses. Unwearable clothing can become washing rags, bandages and sources of raw material if you sow, Cow dung was used to build houses…
  • Time – if you need ten ideas in 30 minutes you are more likely to put stuff out there you wouldn’t otherwise. Also, and this applies to some of the previous entries’ as well, you are more likely to be focused on the goal and less accepting of distractions.
  • Laws – if they really want to people will find a way to get around them. Also if something isn’t legal we often create legal alternatives.
  • Word limits or letter in writing projects – If we can’t communicate in certain words we will discover other ways to communicate often creating new meaning examples are Gadsby which is a 50,000-word novel written entirely without the letter e. And La Disparition a 300-page French┬álipogrammatic┬ánovel, which follows the same constraint and uses it to communicate additional meaning it otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
  • Genre/Consistency – things that can normally make sense need to be replaced or re-explained in some contexts.
  • Brainstorming begins with is limiting the amount of effort you put into any specific idea. In order to gather a greater number of ideas.
  • Problems – facing problems not just in your own life but in the lives of those around you will allow more room for creativity. For, more problems allow for more solutions and similarities allows for more general solutions and better understanding.
    • Lack of Comfort/Familiarity – This being a generalization of some previous entries to the list. Simply put this is when we are often most creative.
  • Subject – When we don’t have to come up with the subject of our creative endeavors we come into them with more energy and have room to use competitiveness as a motivator.

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