Dr. Seuss and Creativity

January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment
Dr Seuss and Creativity

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Dr. Seuss wrote a series of books aimed at younger readers.

Each book was created with fewer than 250 simple words such as “to,” “too,” “ball” and “bump.” The king of made up words like “zizzer-zazzer-zuzz” and “yuzz-a-ma-tuzz” limited himself to these simple words. This series of beginner books became extremely popular, including “The Cat In The Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and others.

Like Dr. Seuss, our current circumstances are an opportunity for a creative solution. You might be thinking “Here comes the pep talk, our circumstances don’t define us, blah blah.” Humor me—just think about it. The things that confine something are sometimes the things that define it.

…Like sports.

Soccer would be much more freeing if you weren’t confined to using your feet. Basketball would be much more freeing if you could hold the ball and run. But it wouldn’t be soccer if you used your hands and it wouldn’t be basketball if you could run with the ball.

What confines them (using your feet and dribbling) are part of what defines them as sports.

All of life is like that.

We yearn for freedom, which is typically a good thing, but we work best when that freedom is within guidelines.

So does creativity.

Maybe your current circumstances don’t seem tailor-made for your dream life, but maybe they’re just right to create something that’s uniquely you.

Maybe it’s something no one else could do.

What are your 250 word limitations?

Dr. Seuss did all right with his.


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I'm a graphic designer, songwriter and author of "Creative You - Making Life A Creative Project." I write about creativity and making life a creative project.

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