Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Child's Play

People will sometimes say to me, “I wish I was creative.” We all start out creative; a child’s imagination is pure creativity. The problem is the creativity gets educated out of the child. A child will come to an adult with some fantastic story and the adult shoots it down immediately with, “Oh that’s not true, you made that up” when probably a better response would be, “Did you make that up? That’s really a cleaver story.”

Children need to be taught the difference between fact and fantasy, but encouraged to be creative because what is writing a novel but making stuff up and writing it down. In other words child’s play.

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