The following excerpt is from 2009 INDIE Finalist, “Success, Your Path to a Successful Book,” by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.

We feel creativity and taking time to stretch our minds are necessary. An exercise that has been around for years is Breaking out of the 9 dot square. We are so often used to staying in the confines of what is expected or a certain way of doing something. Give your brain some exercise and try the following:

  • Use the sample we’ve provided or draw a square of nine dots, 3 dots per row each direction.

  • Without lifting your pen or pencil from the paper, connect all of the dots with four lines. That means that you’ll have 3 angles and 4 lines.

  • You can do it.


Connect all nine dots with four lines. Do not lift your pen from the paper.

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