For Monday, December 7, 2015:
“Creativity is the animal kingdom’s answer to photosynthesis. We take what is around us and make something new, something nurturing.”
Rita Mae Brown
A post from Consumer Reports showed up on my Facebook feed this morning that advertised an adult coloring book of fractals and other mathematical patterns. This immediately made me think of a book that I discovered when I was finishing my BA degree as an adult learner. The book, published in 1995, is A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science by Michael S. Schneider.
As I noted when I shared the CR post, if they had taught math this way when I was young, I might have gotten passing grades. It’s interesting that the only terms I ever passed were those that had to do with sets, patterns, and Venn diagrams.
If you’re like I am – and many writers are – and aren’t good at math, then I suggest you check out Schneider’s book. You’ll discover, as I did, that you’re actually better at math – at least the concepts inherent therein – than you might think. This book nurtured the whole of my creativity in a way few books have. (His writing is not at all dry, stiff or formal, for one thing, or, for that matter, mathematical. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.) It certainly made things new for me.
I don’t know about you, but I can certainly use a little photosynthesis right about now as the days grow shorter, so I plan to buy that coloring book – and pencils to go with it – as soon as I can. If it’s at all like Schneider’s book, I hope it will help a little creative light shine on and in my writing.
PS: If you buy the coloring book, or something similar, try doing some of the coloring or painting with your non-dominant hand. I’m going to. That will stimulate both sides of the brain at the same time, and that’s bound to have a positive effect on your creativity! (See my blog post ‘Handy Works’ for more on this exercise.)