Yesterday’s assignment for the #31dbbb over at Yeah Write was to come up with ten post ideas. No problem. I’m used to making lists. I plot out the upcoming month, look to see what we’ll be doing and note what activities will likely result in a good story. I keep a calendar of upcoming posts (Woot! That’s the Day 8 assignment!), occasionally noting random ideas for future posts in a list at the bottom.
I like lists. I’m good at making to-do lists. Sure, I may not be good at completing the lists, but I rock at the making of them.
Yet, in her post introducing the Day Seven task, Rosanna R urged us to engage our brains differently to tap into our creativity. She suggested mind mapping and free-writing as techniques to generate thoughts and images without censorship, to find connections that one didn’t even know existed.
I decided to take my list of ideas and explore them further. I would write a word or phrase from my list in the center of the page and then start branching out. At first I kept with the obvious, but then I allowed myself to start jotting down the seemingly incongruous ideas that were sparked. Rather than staying on the unbending rails of a train of thought, I let my brain jump in a hot air balloon and take an uncharted trip wherever the winds guided it.
Some phrases did not have enough steam to get me inspired. I would write down one or two ideas and then come to a dead end. Others had me filling the page, writing as fast as I could, overlapping onto previous thoughts until the page looked like a spaghetti junction. I’m going to share those phrases here as my ten future post prompts. My brainstorming trips didn’t always end up in the destinations I would have expected, so you may not recognize the resulting posts in the future.
- Philip’s iPad/AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
- High school reunion (my 20th is this weekend. Eek!)
- Summer reading program
- Tractor pulls
- Trading in our car
- Fear of flying insects
- Thar he blows!
- July edition of Minus 38 by my 38th
Thanks for joining me on today’s journey to a better blog. I hope it was just the ticket to get you thinking creatively, too.