Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Creative Restraint

This from Keith De La Rue of Acknowledge Consulting and the Creative Skills Training Council.

"I like the idea of using restraint to promote creativity. I recently took part in an exercise on this. We were asked to spend 10 minutes writing on whatever topic we chose - with the constraint that every word must include the letter 'e'. We were also asked to write at least six lines of text. It prompted some interesting pieces. [This is related to a form of constrained writing known as a 'lipogram' - 'missing letter'.]

If you are interested to see more, see for the full story, and a couple of the resulting pieces [refer to the comments for a link to one of them]. This also includes a classic piece of poetry from Stanislaw Lem."

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