A framework to manage creativity

Creative Techniques for Creative People - Glanside

What is Essential Glanside?

Essential Glanside is the core process with which Glanside thinking-for-creativity techniques are employed and their use controlled.  Essential Glanside supports the efficient and effective development of creativity.

The following are the components of Essential Glanside – a framework in which Glanside thinking-for-creativity techniques can be harnessed in the efficient production of highly creative work.

How is Essential Glanside used?

The Essential Glanside Framework consists of two components.

The first component is the Creative Frame with which creative ideas are developed and managed.

The second is the Creative Scaffolding which is the process that builds creative work, starting from the specific (the direction, material, concept or theme that you wish to investigate or dissect) and moving to the general (the creative possibilities that are the result of Creating Thinking Techniques and Processes).

The Essential Glanside Framework is designed to take you from a blank sheet or screen to a developed draft of a creative work.

Essential Glanside is the application of Glanside Creative Thinking Techniques to produce raw ideas, which are then developed into Points-of-Departure.  Points-of-departure are a means of capturing raw ideas in a form that is then further developed into a first draft creative work.

Creative Techniques for Creative People - The Creative Cog Essential Glanside: The Creative Frame.

Establish and always work within a Creative Frame. 

There are five components that make up a Creative Frame.

Component A – The Hoard

Establish a place/process for hoarding ideas that are generated from thinking-for-creativity techniques.

In Glanside thinking-for-creativity the quality of creative output is linked to the quantity of creative ideas generated.

Within the creative process there must be a place where ideas generated from Glanside techniques are assembled, allowing you to pick through them and select interesting ideas for further development.

You need to be able to sieve through the ideas you have generated, selecting those ideas that meet your initial criteria or warrant further development given the creative task at hand.  The ideas that remain can be hoarded for future use in other sections of your creative project.

Component B – Build from Specific Ideas

Creative direction flows from the specific to the general. Begin with specific ideas: a clear direction, belief, material, concept or theme that you wish to investigate or dissect.

The chosen combination of specific ideas is crucial to the creative process. The manner in which you define the problem to be investigated, and the ideas you mix in order to embody that problem, is an essential part of the creative development of your work.

Component C – Use General Ideas to cement creativity.

At the core of thinking-for-creativity is a reaction in which different ideas combine and coalesce to form intriguing new material.  Creativity comes from the mix and combination of diverse, different and disparate ideas (termed general ideas), together with the specific ideas you want to investigate.   The core objective of Creative Thinking Techniques is to generate general ideas that can be used to develop an artistic work by combining with the specific ideas from which you are working. 

The wider the scope of the general ideas you combine with your specific ideas the more creative the outcome will be.  The wider the scope of your general ideas, however, the more time you will need for this part of the process.

Component D – Fragments

Ideas are often hidden. So don’t be afraid to gather fragments – that is ‘snippets’ of material that can lead to ideas. When you revisit these fragments you will suddenly see combinations of fragments that can lead in new creative directions.

It is often the case that the more obscure and unexpected the idea combination, the greater will be the creative appeal of the work. Revisit the diverse fragments of text, picture or object that you have collected and notice how the mind picks-over and picks-out creative connections and patterns as you work.

Component E – ‘Points-of-Departure’

Through the use of Glanside techniques-for-creative-thinking to combine and further develop specific and general ideas you will create Points-of-Departure.

Points-of-departure are phrases (or ideas expressed in other media) which capture an idea that can be developed into a creative text passage or sketch.

Points-of-departure are like burning pieces of kindling that can be positioned and combined into larger creative flames until the creative fire takes hold.

In using Glanside thinking-for-creativity to find a new and interesting combination of ideas, you take a mental step sideways in your thinking.  It is this sideways step that takes you to new points-of-departure. You are now ready to apply ‘forwards thinking’ again working forward from these new points-of-departure.

Component F – Patterns

Look for patterns and logical or creative connections amongst these creative points-of-departure. By annotating points-of-departure, combining them and, of course, rejecting them if they are not taking your work in the direction it needs to go, a first draft of a creative work is produced.

Creative Techniques for Creative People - The Creative Cog Essential Glanside: The Creative Scaffolding.

There are four ‘Components’ that make up the Creative Scaffolding

Component A – The Warp

The weaving of ideas into a woven creative fabric is a good metaphor for Glanside Creativity.

The Warp consists of the basic idea treads that hold the whole work together.

Often the best way of producing Warp is to spread out the idea combinations (i.e. the points-of-departure) you have produced and just begin working from these ideas.

The most effective Creative Thinking Technique to use in the Warp stage is Just Write. ‘Just Write’ is actually a series of techniques that are designed to get you to a first rough draft.

It is important at the Warp stage to capture the essential work in a rough (or very rough) format.  Describe in simple sentences the ideas you want to incorporate at this moment in the development of your work. Don’t attempt to over develop or polish your work at this stage; instead Just Write.  Approaching the work from the concept of Warp-and-Weft will facilitate this process.

The Warp sets the structure for the work and holds everything together. It is a difficult stage: but the human is a creative being. This is where the external Glanside processes and the internal workings of the mind will come together.

Never lose a good idea. When building the Warp you often find a new creative point-of-departure that you can’t use at that moment. Place that idea in your ‘Hoard’ to be revisited later.

Component B – The Weft

The Weft provides the depth and suppleness of shade, colour and texture to the weave of your creative work.  The core focus of the Glanside website is to offer techniques-for-creative-thinking that will help you craft the creative Weft of a poetic or visual artwork. Different Techniques lead to different outcomes, and different techniques work for different people.

The most effective Creative Thinking Technique to use in the Weft stage is Mixology. ‘Mixology’ is a series of techniques that are designed to add further creative colour to a draft creative work.

Component C – Drafts

The creative Warp and Weft within the creative scaffolding will produce a first rough draft – and then a developed draft – i.e. a woven fabric of creative ideas. You are very lucky if this draft meets all the conscious or unconscious objectives that you have set yourself.

If the artwork is not moving in the right direction, Essential Glanside provides a process and workflow with which you can redraft and combine different sections of your work, until you obtain creative work that you know to be precise.

Component D – Play-back

The Creative Frame and the Creative Scaffolding are not sequential. Mix the components of the Creative Frame and the Creative Scaffolding as required.

Applied Glanside

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