Welcome everyone to another in the series of workshops. This will be a workshop on Thinking Outside the Box and I, RX_Sith will be your guide through this topic. Thinking Outside the Box is a unique but rewarding way to improve your writing skills. Everyone is encouraged to participate and discuss in this topic. If anyone has any questions or concerns you can always PM me. What to expect: 1 - General discussion about thinking outside the box. What does it mean? How do you write it? When is it appropriate? Etc, etc.. 2 - Exercises to broaden our understanding of thinking outside the box - both reading and writing. 3 - An open forum as to what the participants would like to work on. Ground Rules: 1 - No-one is required to participate in both exercises and discussion. If you prefer one or the other, go right ahead. 2 - Please do not link to works of fanfiction from either here or off-boards. We will be discussing them, but not promoting them. Off-site links to resources (articles, essays, blogs etc) are fine. 3 - Keep it light, keep it friendly. Where constructive criticism is required, make sure it is tactful. I'm imploring people to remember that not everybody reacts the same way to concrit, so if you are the type to post blunt observations about people's works then please take an extra minute or two to ensure you aren't going to offend anyone. THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX (from wiki) Thinking outside the box is a clichÃ© or catchphrase used to refer to looking at a problem from a new perspective without preconceptions, sometimes called a process of lateral thought. The catchphrase has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has spawned a number of advertising slogans. "Out-of-the-box-y-ness" has also caught on recently, typically used to describe creative, wacky, smart ideas. ORIGIN The origin of the phrase is somewhat obscure; John Adair claims to have introduced the problem in 1969, management consultant Mike Vance has claimed that the use of the nine-dot puzzle in consultancy circles stems from the corporate culture of the Walt Disney Company, where the puzzle was used in-house. Both Martin Kihn of Fast Company and the Random House Word Mavens concur that the phrase relates to a traditional topographical puzzle called the nine dots puzzle. EXERCISE ONE [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Ninedots-1.png/180px-Ninedots-1.png] Now, without searching for the solution, try to connect the above dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines, and never lifting the pencil from the paper. I will post the solution on March 1st, so you have until then to figure it out.