I’ve always been creative. My mind has conjured strange new worlds since before I reached an age in double-digits. I continue to travel to them even now, and with age those worlds have just become more vivid, more complex, and more fun to visit.
So it’s hard for me to relate to people who aren’t creative. It’s hard for me to understand how someone is not creative. It’s hard for me to know how to get people to engage that part of their brain because it came so naturally for me.
I have the same problem when it comes to spelling. I was a great natural speller, so I don’t understand people who don’t know how to spell. It’s a foreign concept to me. But then I always wanted to be a good speller. It was a game to me, and I got good at it.
Creativity was a game for me, too. I imagined the world. I made the rules. I got to do what I wanted.
So maybe that’s the key. Use games to stimulate creativity. Employ strict guidelines at first, but then paring off the rules until they feel comfortable in their creativity, and then they will want to take initiative.
Or maybe throw them into a game on day one to see what happens.