Several years ago at a seminar, I heard about a book titled Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas. I mentioned it to one of my more creative friends, and at the next gift-giving holiday received a copy from her.
As you might expect, the book is full of "mini workshop" exercises designed to help the reader enhance his or her creativity. I completed exactly two of them before I shelved the book. I didn't even make it to the 10 strategies, which aren't presented until Part 2 of the volume.
It's not a bad book--I suspect I just don't have the patience to work on enhancing my creativity. Or perhaps I just don't want to get all introspective about what might be holding me back from being as creative as I can be. Or possibly it's some combination of the two.
Whatever the reason, it has collected dust on the bookshelf in my office until today, when I was casting about the room for inspiration for this post. And now that it has served its purpose, it will go back to the shelf until the day I find myself in need of a creative booster shot. Hopefully when that day comes I'll be mentally in the right place to learn the lessons I know are contained within its pages.