One of my students’ favorite activity is to “think what is there in the box.” There is a box, placed in one of the school’s study rooms. The box has the same dimensions but a different pattern each time. Vintage themes tend to be of our preference. During the first week of each month, each one of the 6th grade students, adds his own folded paper origami box, in the vintage box.
They write a random thought or anything that has affected their mood either an incident or even something funny. The purpose of this activity is simple but very engaging, too. Once the box is opened they choose three folded paper boxes and read what is written inside. So, everyone has its own “story line” to work on and produce a short story, that is presented in a scrapbook, kept as a memory of their creative writing endeavors . My goal as a teacher is to offer them the chance to think out of the box and think creatively.
Thinking from a new perspective gives more options to the writer and the readers, too. Plato the Greek philosopher was the first to urge educators to “Do not train children in learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
The ‘box’, symbolizes constrained and unimaginative thinking. This is in contrast to the open and unrestricted ‘out of the box’ or ‘blue sky’ thinking.
That “blue sky thinking” is the best technique used to develop your plot when writing your story. That may come easy, while asking yourself questions about your protagonists’ course of action. It could be funny, weird, absurd or even crucial questions to answer that upturn your own course of action as the creator of the story. You will be surprised of how many possibilities you have to use and improve your manuscript. I think this is the best way to create unforgettable stories and rediscover that sky has no limits.Being close to nature is another way to “get out of your own box “ and check your own emotions as a writer.