• Jessica Sherry

Sparking Creativity: Make A Junk Pile A Canvas

“One person’s JUNK is another person’s TRUNK of I-MAG-I-NATION (cue rainbow).” ~ Me and Spongebob Squarepants

Sparking creativity is as easy as giving your imagination something else to do besides look at a screen. Just think about your childhood. 

Growing up, I had many sleepovers, but two stand out. First, the night Carrie and I made a Polly Pocket water globe in a Pepsi bottle. And second, the night Rachel and I found a poster-sized piece of cardboard and constructed a collage of things we liked from magazines, things we hoped to have someday (I realize now, this was a vision board, but I didn’t know that then). Sparking creativity led to expanding our imaginations and producing something cool. Not only did we fill the time, but we made memories together.

The bottle and the collage still decorate my childhood bedroom--two beautiful reminders of the things I learned through being a part of their creations. 

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” ~ Thomas Edison, inventor & all-around badass

 Of course, the man who invented the lightbulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture (just to name a few) probably wouldn’t have thought much of our water globe and collage, but two friends wrangling up their boredom by creating something out of trash, I think Edison would agree that’s an evening well-spent… or at least better-spent given so many mind-numbing options. 

A night spent creating anything yields a better payoff than one spent in front of the TV or phone or computer or whatever. Putting the screens away leads to sparking creativity and engaging our imaginations.

Sparking creativity isn't just good for us, but for our characters, too. What quirky childhood memories does your MC have? How might she create something out of nothing?

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