Motivations

What is the Motivations Creative Technique?

Understanding your core motivation behind the develop of any creative work will enhance creativity and help judge the direction in which your creative work could or should be developed.

Your motivation for a project is also easier to maintain if you understand essentially what it is that you are trying to achieve.

The Motivations Technique consists of a series of questions that are designed to draw out exactly what it is that is behind your desire and/or intention to pursue a particular course of action.

How does Motivations work?

As with all creativity you need to suspend judgement and give the Hidden Motivations Creative Technique the time it needs to assist you.

Find a place where you will not be disturbed. Ask, of yourself, the two sets of questions listed below, writing down the answers that come to you. The more you think about your answer to each question, taking time to discover the correct answer rather than just the first thought that comes to mind, the more effective the Motivations creative technique will be, and the more insight and support it will provide.

Between the two sets of questions is an ‘Excursion’. The objective of an excursion is to divert your mind away from the problem you are addressing, letting the unconscious mind continue on its own. It is the exercise of the ‘Eureka’ principal.

If the Hidden Motivations technique has worked effectively, you will unearth a deep sense of understanding of what it is that you want to accomplish – or at the very least work towards – with this creative project and onwards from this point of time.

Methodology: Motivations

The boxes below present two sets of questions, separated by an ‘excursion’ activity.  Writing down your answers to the following questions will assist the outcome of this technique.

First set of questions

At this moment what do you want?

At this moment what do you need?

If this thing that you need were a jewel, what would it look like?

If this thing that you need were an event, what would be happening?

If this thing that you need were an animal, what would it be?

If this thing that you need were an emotion, how would it make you feel?

The Excursion

Now look around the space in which you find yourself and search for an object that appeals to you.  It might be an ornament, a piece of furniture, a clock, a flower etc.  Examine this object closely.  Describe it in your mind.  What is the object?   How is it made?  What is this object trying to tell you?

Second set of questions

On reflection, what do I want?

On reflection, what do I need?

On reflection, if this thing that you need were a jewel, what would it look like?

On reflection, if this thing that you need were an event, what would be happening?

On reflection, if this thing that you need were an animal, what would it be?

On reflection, if this thing that you need were an emotion, how would it make you feel?

What is the first step that I need to take to achieve what I am looking for?

What is it that is preventing me from taking that first step?

Conclusions

Now write down everything that comes to mind, that occurs to you, at this moment.

What is that you need to do now?

What is that you need to achieve?

Applied Glanside

The Applied Glanside section of this website offers examples of short, annotated, creative works developed using Glanside Creative Techniques.