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Writing Matters: Creative Writing Activities
Activity 1 - Information
Without readers, archival documents such as literary manuscripts remain unread and forgotten. Readers bring these documents to life by connecting them to their personal interests. The creative process is an organic development that requires imaginative connections with "neural and electrical messages rippling the whole into dynamic patterns." (R.W. Gerard, "The Biological Basis of Imagination," in The Creative Process: A Symposium, 1965, p. 246)
Students will be guided in this site search by activities centred on three basic principles of creativity: information, inspiration and invention.
"Much brain work precedes the imaginative flash -- the theory of gravitation may result only when the metaphorical apple falls on the prepared mind."
- R.W. Gerard, in The Creative Process: A Symposium, 1965, p. 246
Preparation, as you will see by exploring the Canadian Writers website, is vital to any form of creation. Thomas Edison, the prolific American inventor, insisted that a high percentage of perspiration is a precondition of inspiration. But playful exploration is just as important in the creative process. So in response to the questions and probes of this search, let your students' curiosity lead them as they explore the resources of Library and Archives Canada. Have them record their responses in a writing journal, blog or log.