Recently two conflicting tweets arrived on my timeline almost at the same instant – apparently the best strategy for creativity is to be neat or messy:
In the illustration below pink dots appear to flash on and off. Now focus on the plus symbol in the centre of the circle and the moving dot will turn green. As you keep looking, gradually all the pink dots will turn green.
Much of our lives is weighed down by analytical thinking – exercising judgement, the need to follow a logical argument, figuring out the correct answer; we eliminate wrong turns and keep to the right path. In contrast creative thinking is an exploratory approach where your mind looks at new ideas and the worlds branching off those ideas; this generates new possibilities where we examine many potential best answers rather than settle on the one perceived to be correct. This plan aims to get you into that orbit.