To ready for the harder core poet games, let's start with some simple creativity-flexing exercises-- two or three small ones a day. Try to do them all, but if your brain sticks, don't sweat it. Something's better than nothing. We'll begin by working to increase inter-cranial connectivity.
Today: Sensory blending. Synethesia (when one sense is interpreted in ways usually associated with another sense) is often correlated with creativity. Some folks are born that way-- but you can build yours up.
1) SMELLS: Research suggests that language and other forms of cognition often trump olfaction. That's allegedly why most of us have a hard time describing smells in any uniform way. And during one study, people in a scent filled room being directed on a time-intensive task never noticed they were being blasted with lavender or vanilla. Our brains like to do one thing well, and make the rest background.
Go smell something, Now write about it. A line or two will do. Describe it as best you are able. Does it bring up any associations? Emotions? What color is the smell? What is it's texture?
2) VOICE: I've always been synethesiac to sounds. They have heft and texture. Describe a favorite singer's (or instrument) voice. Use color, texture, or feel analogies.
3) FEEL/TOUCH: find something with a texture. Any texture. What personality traits can you associate with the way it feels? Does a color come to mind when you think of that particular texture?
See you tomorrow...
And don't forget, if you're willing, to post all or some of your responses in the comments.