What does your creative process look like? Everyone has one, whether they realize it or not. No, you may have never written a poem or painted a masterpiece (past the age of 6), but you still have a process for coming up with ideas to help solve the problems you encounter in life.
I believe an essential part of every creative process is Brainstorming, or as I like to call it, letting your mind go crazy destroying preconceived notions, and then finding gems in the aftermath.
Here’s a few tips for successful brainstorming:
- Write every idea down, even the bad ones. Remember that plate tectonics was once a crackpot idea. It’s now science. You never know when your crazy, off-the-wall, brain-flatulence turns out to be the right idea
- If you can, brainstorm with a friend. Sometimes your best idea is an offshoot of someone else’s best idea.
- Leave no stone unturned. Outflank your problem. Once you think you have a good solution, hold onto it, but attack it from yet another angle. The best idea will reveal itself pretty quickly.
So what happens after a good brainstorm? A simple idea — in this case an image of someone turning on an amp in close-up — grows into something like this:
Photo credit: By Tatyana Zabanova (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons