Inspiring Creativity

“Remember this: the freedom to choose anything does not inspire creativity.  It inspires panic.

Boundaries inspire creativity.  Limitations inspire creativity.  Guidelines inspire creativity.

Boundaries and limitations are fuel for the fire of the imagination.  The freedom to choose within those limitations is air. A good fire needs both.”

Another awesome quote from Daniel Schwabauer, author of One Year Adventure Novel.  He’s talking about writing and the difference between handing a child a blank piece of paper, telling him to “write about anything” and giving him a certain goal or topic to work with.  There’s a sweet spot somewhere between too wide open and too rigid.  Finding that spot that inspires your student is the challenge.

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