Do you believe it is a teachable or learnable skill like other life skills?
Benjamin Franklin is a classic example of working at a goal until he mastered it. The goal, I speak of is his writing. He dissected stories after reading them and rewrote them in his own words. Once he completed his story, he would compare it to the original and adjust his piece accordingly. Then he wrote the same story in poetic rhyme, this inspiring method opened the door to possibilities that he had not considered with the previous entry. Hence expanding his creativity.
How often do we do a task at hand in the same way over and over? Regardless if it is works or not, simply because it is the way we’ve always done it. Maybe we should try different ways each time, expand our knowledge base and open our mind to different possibilities like Franklin did.
Today, I am going to take one of my favorite short stories apart like Franklin did and see what/where my mind goes with the story. I haven’t tried re-writing another’s work before so I am looking forward to seeing the results. Practice, and more practice is the key to a writers journey to success. I am always looking for inspiration and this methodology is appealing.
What methods do you use to expand your creative process?
Every writer has a story, what’s yours?