Don't Block A Thought Again- Nov'08
In the past few days, things have been very busy around here, which is a good thing, but makes the idea well dry up quickly. I have looked though all my ideas and (gasp) discovered that I haven’t been able to brainstorm on fresh ideas for about 3 weeks. Not good. So when I was chatting the other day with a writer buddy, he mentioned a great book that I must recommend to anyone who has to have a quick, creative idea on demand.
The book is called The Writers Block-786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination, Jason Rekulak’s book is fantastic! And no, you don’t have to be a creative person to make this puppy work! Anyone can do it, it’s fun and best of all if you don’t like the creative prompt you see, all you have to do is turn the page. Check it out for yourself and see how it can help your business come up with some off-the-wall, innovative ideas to help support your business’ success.
Share your thoughts with me and let me know how this works for you!
All the best in preventing thought blockage-
Sarah @ Dog-Eared Pages
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As a writer, I am often asked by young writers, friends and clients how I keep from writer’s block. The answer is, I don’t always. However, when faced with an occasional brick wall, I find there are many resources out there that can help ignite the fire within and concoct fresh ideas with just a little prompting.
So you’re asking yourself, what in the world is an Ideapalooza Party?
Well as I discussed last week, I tend to have this geeky passion to capture as many ideas as I can so when I can’t think of a creative writing direction, or a client is asking for something unique and I am fresh out of ideas, I have something to begin the idea generation. That’s why once a month I hold an ideapalooza party for myself. I surround myself with lots of coffee, magazines, websites and favorite books. Then for one day, I turn off my phone, shut down my email and write down as many ideas as I can for future projects.
Check out one site that I usually go to when beginning my idea generating party. It offers a unique way of cultivating ideas by simply clicking on a number. It’s called Creative Writing Prompts and it’s a fun way to start up your writer’s engine. Try it out for yourself. My favorite so far is # 47- “In 500 words or less, write about a plate of sunshine”.
Have fun creating!
Sarah @ Dog-Eared Pages
Idea Book-Sept. 08
Let’s face it, as it gets closer and closer to the end of the year, we begin to run out of steam. With approaching holidays, 4th quarter deadlines and a host of projects that have to be completed by the end of the year, I am in need of some brainy solutions for my clients. That’s where my treasure chest of ideas comes in handy. Most of you know it as brainstorming.
Off and on through out the year, I gather as many ideas, thoughts, visual inspirational pieces and articles on successful strategy as I can. I store it in this geeky little notebook (that’s a writer for you) so in times when I am busy, I can peer in and find these gold dubloons and craft them into results-driven solutions. So you’re asking, “Where do I start?”
Inside the Idea Book-Sept. 08
Try these three ways to generate a ton of ideas in a short period of time.
1) Begin the brainstorm adventure. Try Monahan’s 100 MPH Thinking™.
- Take your brainstorming group and divide them up into teams of 3-5 people.
- Set a limit on the # of ideas generated in 10 minutes per team.
- Give a block of post-it-notes to each team captain.
- Start the timer and have the team write down a new idea on each post-it. (This is not the time to self edit, any idea, thought or phrase is game!)
- Each each team member then selects their two favorites, presents them to the group and then the group as a whole decides which “idea” helps fill your need.
Tip: Hang on to all of the stickies you generated. They can be “golden” and stored in a “idea” book for future use.
2) Tomorrow we’ll discuss word association brainstorming
3) On Friday we’ll discover how unusual combinations often lead to brilliant ideas … think sliced bread or rollerblades.
Many other factors should also be considered when selecting the brainstorming environment, the people that should attend the storm and a plan on how to review your brainstorming “nuggets” and turn them in to gold. Before your get started, make sure you know how to execute the perfect brainstorming playing field.
Stay tuned, more to come tomorrow …