How looking up synonyms and antonyms can inspire your creativity
Sometimes in order to find inspiration for a particular subject it helps to explore words and topics that have similar or opposite meanings. By using an online syllabus to look up synonym and antonyms to your main key word, you might be better able to gain fresh insight and perspective. Another great online tool that can help is the Google Wonder Wheel, which takes your subject and then spins it off into several different directions.
Differences and Similarities
Is there another meaning for creativity?
According to my Word Thesaurus there are several different meaning including originality, imagination, ingenuity, inventiveness, inspiration, and so on. While each of these similar meanings has their different subtexts, they are all related to what it means to be creative. For instance, in order to be creative you do need originality, imagination and (of course) inspiration. Being clever and inventive also helps. As you can see, all of the words that are linked to “creativity” have ended up being helpful in helping me further understand what it takes to find inspiration. By looking up words that are related to the subject you are working on, you might be better able to find inspiration.
Now I wonder what the opposite of creativity is…
Since my Word thesaurus does not like to show antonyms, I was forced to go online and punch in “creativity” on Antonym.com. Aside from the obvious “un” words (uninspired, uninventive) I also found some interesting tangent opposites such as sterile, destructive, and consumptive. These terms helped bring even more insight into what it means to be creative and how not feeding your mind with new information, or engaging in self destructive behaviors can impede creative thinking. By looking up what is defined as the opposite of your subject, you might be better able to come to an understanding about your subject matter.
The Wonder Wheel
While using things like your word processor’s thesaurus or checking out antonym.com are good ways to go about seeking information. Another site that might be helpful in getting you on the right tangent is Google Wonder Wheel. This handy little site will take your search term and then spin it off into different directions, offering up related search terms that can help you come up with creative ideas. It is like having a giant brainstorming session with everyone on the internet.
Next time you are looking for motivation on a certain subject, try using these online tools to see if they can help inspire you. By finding similarities in the form of synonyms, you be able to gain more insight into the subject and perhaps go off on a slightly different creative tangent. By looking up opposite meaning, you might be able to view your subject from a completely different angle and get a better idea on how to tackle it. By plugging it into the wonder wheel, you might find yourself with all kinds of brainstorming ideas after a few clicks of the mouse.