How to Be an Explorer of the World

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In trying to immerse myself in creativity in the new year, I found this list, posted from www.brainpickings.org , that has a lot of interesting points that I can apply to writing and to art. Later this week, I’ll post one result of trying to attend to #10. Read through the list and try to think of ways you can incorporate each of these points to your own search for creativity! Four and six are points I especially need to work on, but as I think about each point, I know I could improve on almost all of them. Which are your strengths and which do you need to emphasize more?

How to Be an Explorer of the World:

1. Always be looking: notice the ground beneath your feet

2. Consider everything alive and animate

3. Everything is interesting. Look closer.

4. Alter your course often.

5. Observe for long durations. And short ones.

6. Notice the stories going on around you.

7. Notice patterns. Make connections.

8. Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.

9. Incorporate indeterminancy.

10. Observe movement.

11. Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.

12. Trace things back to their origins.

13. Use all of the senses in your investigations.

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