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Keep a dream journal. I have woken in the morning with product ideas stuck in my head - a new shape for a wrench; a whole new song; something new to do with LEDs. A dream journal will help you capture wild ideas that may either be practical, or - if not too practical - may lead you to a new concept that works. [over 13 years ago]
100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity
Try using outrageous similes to spark your imagination. Think up some, or read some fiction - either good or bad - to see what kinds of "word pictures" authors have crafted. Two I wrote last night: "ditched them like an empty pack of Marlboros" and "parted out like so many broken down Chevy Citations". Play off the imagery that is inspired and try making some "like a" phrases of your own. [over 13 years ago]
100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity
Ditch the mental baggage. If you have some letters you've been meaning to write, a project you've been meaning to complete, whatever - that takes up mental real-estate. Take a day or a week, and clear the decks, making room for your mind to run in Super-Chief Streamliner mode. [over 13 years ago]
100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity
Meditate. Clear your mind, and watch what happens with the things that come into your head. You may find some new associations you hadn't thought of before. [over 13 years ago]
100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity
Adding to #6, take a look at how people in other countries solve your current problem, or maybe how they solve a common problem. I took a walk through an Oxfordshire neighborhood in 2001, and came away with many fresh perspectives that influence me even today. [over 13 years ago]
100 Tips For Improving Your Creativity