When my daughter was younger, she wasn’t much into children’s shows. Sadly, she never liked Sesame Street or most of the traditionally popular programming. However, she did discover something called Imagination Movers, and it was a ton of fun to watch (probably still is, but she’s a teenager now).
The concept is that this group of gents, along with their good friend (a mouse, I think), and a lovely woman who works in the same building, use imagination to solve problems. Clients come to them for help, and together, with a healthy dose of fun music and creative problem solving, they solve the client’s issue.
The whole thing takes place in a warehouse, with every kind of room imaginable: winter room, water room, wheels room, etc. It’s funny, sweet, kind, creative, and wholesome.
As a writer, I could sometimes use a visit to the Imagination Movers. I get stuck or I run out of steam–I’ve got a story that’s been stuck for over a year!–and the need for a fresh perspective is huge.
Imagination is a funny thing. People will sometimes claim that they have no imagination, but I suspect they just aren’t really letting themselves be open to possibilities. To me, that’s a pretty good definition of imagination: being open to possibilities. We talk often about the “what if” questions we ask, and imagination can definitely begin there. It’s that completely open, suspend disbelief, throw everything out there approach that keeps me in love with the writing process.
I don’t get to visit the Imagination Movers in real life, but that won’t stop me from going there in my mind. I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, I feel a creative brainstorming session coming on. How do you use your imagination?