July 17, 2023
Your imagination holds wonders
Ah… the good old imagination.
It’s one of the most resourceful tools of our mind.
When thinking about your story, new ideas are formed and images or concepts materialise themselves.
They say some people are gifted with vivid imagination.
However, creativity is a skill anyone can learn. And it’s a skill necessary for those in the arts or modern business.
I’d like to talk about world-building, macro-narrative and micro-narrative, and letting your imagination loose. But before that, let’s take a moment to compare creativity and imagination.
When working on a new project that requires world-building, it’s time to stretch those creative muscles and dive deep into your imagination.
Creativity is the ability to turn your imagination into reality.
It starts with thinking which in turn sparks your creative thought.
Your imagination will now hopefully get the better of you.
Imagination is the ability to conjure up thoughts in your mind.
This is your sensory simulation of tangible objects, sensations or ideas.
Imagination is where most of the fun happens. Depending on how warmed up you are, you can very quickly bounce from one idea to another, exploring many problem-solving approaches to a singular idea.
Then being able to capture that imagination and turn it into actionable steps or direction, is creativity. The cool thing is, creativity is mainly a skill!
If you feel like you need to improve your creativity, you can most definitely do that.
If you’ve been feeling in a creative slump, thinking creatively can feel like an uphill battle.
First things first:
Really. Relaxation is essential to capture your imagination clearly.
If you can reach a state of Flow the ideas you get will have stronger connective tissue between them and the worlds will more naturally land on the page.
Searching for a good idea is one of the most complex parts of creativity.
For world-building I use the following techniques to get my imagination activated.
Now we get to the meat of it. Storytelling and World-building.
When working in cinema like we do, IP development is an important step in production. While we are writing a screenplay we don’t just think of the scenes included in the film.
Yes. From an editing standpoint we do write the film the way it should be presented in the end. However, from a storytelling standpoint we explore the world wide and vertically. For those willing to get right into an exercise, the link below takes you to our Free worksheet.
When building your worlds it is good to think about
For those of you that want an in-depth guide on these concepts, I’d recommend the book Make Your Story Really Stinkin’ Big by Houston Howard.
The next steps are more actionable.
Alright that’s it! Follow these principles and you’ll do great. I’m sure of it :)
Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work out immediately.
Creativity is hard. Way harder than most would like you to believe.
Just let loose and uncompromisingly create!
Thanks a lot for reading! Leo
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