I think he was right. In English and creative writing we used a lot of the same principles that we talked about in improv.
Always say yes.
Don't be afraid to look stupid.
Go with what comes, editing is for later.
I think rules are important. Structure, procedure. When you are writing an essay or short story or article or anything else there are guidelines you need to follow. But I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut. And improv is how we get out of it.
I know most of us aren't part of an improv group or anything, but there are still some fun games to play with friends, and I think letting ourselves go every once in a while and seeing what we come up with on the page could end up being pretty awesome.
Anyway, I'll leave you with my favorite improve game of all.
Have a good one!