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Saurin Desai is a published poet, comic-writer, scriptwriter, storyteller, content writer, and writing coach. He facilitates workshops on creative writing, brand storytelling, digital content, etc. and is an ideation as well as a content strategy consultant to many professionals as well as small and mid-sized businesses.

Saurin Desai
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Creative Thinking & Writing - for the 9 to 11 year olds

I grew up on a Superman. I love superman and live superman. In those days we have to wait for Sundays to take glimpses of favorite superhero as there was no internet or 24*7 tv channels. Other way to get close to superman was comics. There are many common lines in all superhero stories. First it’s a origin. Find an origin story of superman to relate and making it interesting. Consider this is your story. Write for yourself. Name your character. Go on and write what make you interesting or important character you have. Mention what you lack in quality as human being. Tell about yourself as this is your story. Find a goal where one day you want to be at. Focus on weaknesses. There should be one incident which change your life and you get a power of any kind. Make conditions when you get that power. Explain transition in detail and also prepare hidden reason. Then some gruesome event took place which forces our hero to fight with evil, to dedicate life in eradicating bad people. Make our villain extremely demons which ultimately highlight the goodness of our Superman. Arrange 2-3 confrontation to evil forces which we call story Proms. People in danger and our superhero save them. Make superhero an honest and good person. Take help of Visual story Proms. Try different story line and ideas and change if needed. End with surprising factor. Practice and Practice again.

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How to get inspired from myths and legends and epics to create your own stories

From myths, legends and fairy tales to folklore: again and again, these old tales reappear in modern fiction. But how do you use them in your novel?

Old tales aren’t copyrighted; what you can do with them is only bound by your own imagination. Not only are they a great source of inspiration, but they can add another layer of story for your reader to engage with. Even their original form is still alive and well today. There is something fundamentally human in the sense of something dangerous about the woods, something magical and unexplainable just around the corner. Old stories, such as myths, legends and fairy tales, can be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for new work. Some old tales have different versions across cultures and time. Searching for these can give great ideas of story elements you can move around and still be ‘true’ to some form of the original. It’s also intriguing to discover which myths traverse countries, and how fairy tales adopt different nuances as they travel the globe. It’s also good to have a look at what is currently popular with fiction using old tales. In recent years, many retellings show the other side of a familiar story. Another trend is to look into the history of the story itself: how it came about, who created it and who recorded it.

If you conduct a search for novels using familiar old tales, the first thing you’ll come across is modern retellings with a twist.

Researching different versions of old tales from other cultures, or completely unheard of ones, can help inspire an element of the bizarre in your novel. You can change what you like and not get pulled up on it; you can do a straight retelling and still be seen as presenting a fresh story. You can use the whole story, or elements of it. But be careful that taking the old tale out of its original culture doesn’t create a story that can’t be understood. It’s important to research and understand the culture the story came from, but assume that your readers aren’t as familiar with that culture.

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Creative thinking and innovation for the 1st year students of a business school

The greatest paradox is that creative thinking is not necessarily the product of IQ or enlightenment via the proverbial apple falling on your head. It is a matter of regularly training your imagination, practicing your powers of observation and dreaming, big or small. It sounds so simple, and yet in this era of information overload and highly charged urban life, this important element is often missing from our everyday lives.

All too often we stay focused on the main task at hand, devoting our mental powers to routine actions (including Twitter and SMS – well, I am sometimes guilty of this too), so that at the end of the day the most creative idea we can come up with is just to finally take a break in front of the TV or computer screen. Sound familiar?

Whatever you’re doing – whether it’s work or leisure – practice spending time applying the “three ifs” formula to anything you see or imagine. This will help you get into the habit of making space in your mind for dreaming – essential for creative thinking and innovation.

There is an old saying, “If you cannot express your idea in three sentences – you don’t have an idea!” One of the most important innovation skills is the ability to present a very short and clear description of a new idea (two to three sentences – like shouting through the closing door of an elevator) and to make a short presentation (two to three minutes – what is called an “elevator pitch”). Like any other skill, the ability to articulate in this way can only come through much practice.

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Elevator Pitch or Innovation & Creativity in the Workplace (Budding Managers)

An inspiring workspace inspires creativity and innovation. Even in your office layout is more cubicles than open space, there are still ways that you can feel inspired by their surroundings.

A genuine team-based environment, in which connections are forged through collaboration and social time, is essential for innovative teamwork. To be more productive creativity has no other option. It insire us, keep us engaged and push to do more.

More we encourage and support creative thinking at our company, the more it becomes an essential part of our company culture—and an attractive prospect for future employees who want an employer that values individuality and welcomes ideas from everyone. Those idea could save time, money and resources of organization which will be beneficial to the organization itself.

Creativity is not stipulated. We cannot give it a boundary. Creativity in the workplace does not have to mean creativity in the workspace exactly. Cultivate an office culture that rewards creative risk-taking. One reason why employees are not thinking out of the box or proposing different solutions is due to the fear of making mistakes and not having their ideas supported. As much as possible, make it clear that your organization values creativity—and understands its importance. Give them enough.