EXERCISES

Are you a creative problem solver? Can you “think outside the box”? Put your mind to the test and find the solutions to the puzzles featured below.

Hungry for more? Throughout the book you will find various exercises similar to the examples below, which help further develop the creative thinking process. Start training your brain now!

EXERCISE 1

What is the next shape in the pictured sequence?

Shape sequence exercise

Hint: Think beyond shapes.


EXERCISE 2

Draw nine dots on a piece of paper, as pictured. Connect the dots with four straight lines without lifting your pencil or pen from the paper, once you have started.

Nine dots exercise

Hint: Don’t let your eyes constrain your mind.


EXERCISE 3

Print the image below and carefully cut out the three shapes, following the dotted lines. Without folding or tearing the three pieces of paper, position a rider properly on each horse (no trick riding!).

Horse and Rider Exercise

Hint: Always look for a fresh perspective. If the position of the horse is not natural, then the solution is wrong.


You might also enjoy the following two exercises that appear in the book on page 74 and page 76 and are credited to Brenna McCormick.

EXERCISE 4

Personal Twist: Myth, Legend, Fairy Tale or Fable

Using a personal story that you discovered through your Morning Pages, or of personal choice, write a three-page double-spaced retelling of your story in the form of a myth, legend, fairy tale, fable, urban legend or conspiracy theory. Utilize strong storytelling elements and “sticky” factors. Make sure to think creatively and mix it up! Present your story to a friend and include three visual elements of your choice.

Credited to Brenna McCormick


EXERCISE 5

Musical Time Travel

Music is great for setting a mood and even evoking a certain time period. You can leverage this when working on a project in which you would like to tap into the feel or tone of a certain era or historical moment, for instance the patriotism of the WWII era or the turbulence of the 1960s. With your sketchbook in hand, play a song from a specific era, such as Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing with a Swing to represent the 1940s or Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog to represent the late 1960s. Create an image or the rough draft of an advertisement that is influenced by or references one of these eras.

Credited to Brenna McCormick