The One Thing About Creativity Everyone Gets Wrong 

One of the best kept secrets about creativity is that it flourishes under restrictions.

I know, I know. That doesn’t make any sense.

One would think that complete freedom produces the most prolific production of possibilities.(or at least a plethora of p-worded sentences)

One would be wrong. 

Research clearly shows that restrictions boost creativity. So if you want to be creative in your writing and storytelling, go legalistic.

OK, don’t go legalistic but do place some reasonable restrictions on your ideas and writing.

There are many ways to leverage restrictions for creativity.

In fact, authors instinctively understand the importance of restrictions since we naturally use them all the time.

After all, story structure is a kind of restriction, as is point of view.

Other ways to restrict yourself into creativity:

  • Limit the number of characters in your story
  • Limit the number of settings in your story
  • Challenge yourself to end a scene differently every time (or almost every time)
  • Play #1LineWed by writing a tweet on Twitter that incorporates the theme word of the day. 

You are probably already noticing that there are dozens of ways to restrict yourself into creativity.

Feel free to use the ideas and examples in this post as your starting point, but don’t stop there – keep going, push yourself to the limits of your creativity and beyond.


Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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