This issue of BrickJournal is going along, but needs some articles.
From me. I've had writer's block. It's really frustrating to sit at my computer and stare at a blank screen for an hour - I could be doing something, well, constructive!
Sometimes the challenge is coming up with a new twist on a format - a new event report, for example. Sometimes it's trying to come up withthe right way to depict a subject. And sometimes it's trying to demystify a subject to a readable level.
That was the challenge for the article I just wrote for Serious Play, which is basically a workshop using LEGO building in a professional setting.
The problem to crack on this is to make a lot of really deep stuff distill to something readable - there's a lot of theory and a lot of studies that work withthis, but while i could make a long article, it wouldn't be readable to many.
It took me over a month to figure out an angle, and it was really simple. I was given a demonstration on a workshop, and while I wa going to talk about what it did, it dawned on me that I actually acted on what I discovered on the demonstration. So I created a testimonial of sorts.
It was a nice surprise to suddenly burst into writing last night because I knew where I was going.
And for you, try this little demo from Serious Play:
You will need at least one other person, and a secltion of the following parts:
some bricks (all colors), 2x, 1x,
a couple of axle connectors
three minifigs with a smiley, a skull, and one more face.
random specialty parts.
and a stopwatch
No more than 30 parts altogether.
Now here's the test: In five minutes build a model of yourself. That's right, with the parts make a depiction of yourself.
When the time is up, tell your partner about what you built. ANd thenn let him/her to ask questions about your model. Then let the partner do the same.
You'll be surprised by what you build and what you learn.