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3. Creativity > 31. Adopt a Hero

Adopt a Hero

Break down the walls of what you think of as reality; you might find some interesting solutions. A problem to you might not be a problem to someone you adopt as a hero.

Suppose you are writing a screenplay. Here are some examples of questions you might ask yourself when you are stuck:

  • With my character Fred’s luck, what would happen next?

  • What would happen next in a 1940s movie musical?

  • What would happen next in a dream?

Some of your most fruitful thinking can occur when you deliberately switch to another way of looking at things. You can think of these switches as being like key changes in a piece of music. For example, you can obtain useful effects by unexpectedly switching “keys” in the middle of a work of fiction from space opera to soap opera.


  

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