I had to take memory classes when I was a child. I attended a religious school and was required to memorize prayers, important passages, and the church’s catechism. While I can no longer rattle off the books of the Bible anymore (I always get stuck at Hosea), I’d like to believe that the class gave me the skills to exercise my memory.
But did the memory exercises help my creativity? I’m not sure. All I know is that the memory classes coincided with the time I became interested in writing.
What does memory and creativity have in common? In Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, she recommends harnessing your memory. “Creativity,” she says, “is more about taking the facts, fictions, and feelings we store away and finding new ways to connect them.”
So for my Artist’s Date this week, I decided to work on my memory. Instead of trying to memorize a passage or follow one of Tharp’s exercises, I chose to play a card game. My family had called it Concentration but I think it’s more widely known as Memory.
My memory was pathetic during the first round of the game, but it became increasingly better with each round!