Very Creative Brainstorming Methods That Produce Great Ideas
Brainstorming is a valuable method for rediscovering your creativity. The process requires you to think out of the box that is keeping you in the problem. You are creative, your brain just needs a bit of priming.
Because brainstorming is applicable to all kinds of contexts and there is no one size fits all method I thought to bring here ten methods for brainstorming to get the idea river gushing.
1.Write 10 ideas every day.
Every day, write down 10 ideas you think would be useful to apply. Don’t take too much time thinking about how long they would take to make, budget, or whether or not they are realistic in any way–just let your mind wander and see what it believes it could make real. There is no special preparation for this method. Open a new Notepad window or pick up a sheet of paper and start writing. You’ll be surprised how, after a few days, you’ll be flooded with great ideas.
2.Sketch what you want to say.
Even if you are not an illustrator, you can use symbols and figures to communicate your message instead of words. Whether you are trying to figure out how to organize a proposal, a chapter of your book, a presentation,try drawing your idea instead of writing it out. The words will practically reveal themselves.
Great method to work out as many ideas as you can in hierarchical tree and cluster format. Start off with your goal in the center, branch out into the major sub-topics, continue to branch out into as many sub-sub-topics as needed.
4.Use social media for feedback.
That’s really what social media is used for–conversation. Instead of spending months trying to solve the puzzle in you head to come up with “the great idea,” just start testing and sharing things on social media and see how people react to it. Brainstorm by interacting with people and adjust as you go along, based on feedback.
5.Read as much as possible.
Sometimes reading is so undervalued. Too many people try to be creative in a vacuum. They sit in a room by themselves and tap their pencil on their desk and wait for brilliance to strike. It doesn’t really happen like that. Instead, start reading everything surrounding the challenge: Read about what other people have done in that particular niche, read case studies, read about the history of whatever you are looking to solve, etc. Read, and the answer will reveal itself.
How would someone else handle the situation that you are in? What would someone else have for dinner? This exercise is all about looking at the alternative perspective to a problem. How would the person that you dislike the most care for their pets?
7.Wake up at Strange hours.
This can be extremely hard but it can also be really effective. If you’re used to getting up at 7 or 8 a.m., try getting up at 3 or 4 in the morning, pitch black, and starting your day then. This is not for the faint of heart, but there is something to be said for drastically adjusting your surroundings to spark your creativity.
8.Try Medici Effect.
Medici Effect refers to how ideas in seemingly unrelated topics/fields intersect. Put your goal alongside similar goals in different areas/contexts and identify parallel themes/solutions. For example, if your goal is to be an award winning artist, look at award winning, game developers, computer makers, businessmen, etc. Are there any commonalities that lie among all of them that you can apply to your situation? What worked for each of them that you can adopt?
9.Speak it as you write it.
Give it a voice. Sometimes sitting in silence with your brain running laps doesn’t work. Say it out outloud. Hear it. Feel it. Play with it and work with it.
Writers especially, read your work out loud. I promise, you’ll come up with some amazing material by using your real voice as a tool.
Start with a common problem or situation that everybody has. Write a list of surreal solutions. There can be no reasonable or completely feasible answers on this list. Once you have your list, search for items which can be altered to become viable.