Saturday, January 17, 2015
AS A PERSON THINKS SO SHE WRITES by Susan Harris
A writer must be a thinker. Many, myself included at one time, naïvely concur that thinking occurs naturally, but thinking is a process that can be taught, and often must be taught. You can broaden your thinking, and hence enhance your writing, by stretching the horizons of your thoughts. Below is a short excerpt about my experience in holistic thinking from my new book "10½ Sketches: INSIGHTS ON BEING SUCCESSFUL RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE which was released on Jan 1.
"In his book, Six Thinking Hats, de Bono describes the tool that is effective for both group discussion and individual thinking, using six differently colored "hats". Our brains think in a number of ways and we learn in a variety of ways, thus de Bono identifies six directions in which our brain can be challenged.
Insight : One can mentally switch hats for every decision, conversation or meeting to redirect thoughts more productively.
The Blue hat manages the thinking process. When wearing this hat, one asks questions like: What is the topic at hand? What are we thinking? What are the goals?
The White hat focuses on information: What are the facts? What information do we have right now?
The Red hat represents emotions: What are the gut feelings, the loves and hates, the fears?
The Black hat symbolizes judgment: What are the cautions and difficulties?
The Yellow hat shows the bright side: What are the positive aspects, the benefits?
The Green hat signifies creativity: Where's the growth? What are the possibilities, options and new ideas?
The six hats are associated with parallel thinking, that is, there is no overlap of thought.
Insight: Regular use of the hats makes it an unconscious process. Engaging in the symbolic act of removing a hat and putting on a different one while naming the color aloud helps one switch focus.
You can generate holistic thinking in a group or individual setting by use of the hats. You can become a more effective writer as you deepen your thinking.
An excerpt from "10½ Sketches: INSIGHTS ON BEING SUCCESSFUL RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE" released on Jan 1, 2015. Available at Amazon worldwide. http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Harris/e/B007XMP4QSSusan Harris is a former teacher and the author of six books. www.susanharris.ca/
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