How brainstorming can help you overcome creative hurdles and inspire you to find your muse
"THE BEST WAY TO GET GREAT IDEAS IS TO GET LOTS OF IDEAS AND THROW THE BAD ONES AWAY."
Brainstorming is a great way for a group or individual to come up with a large number of ideas quickly. While all the ideas might not be great ones, the sheer volume of them should reveal some creative gems amongst the stones. Good brainstorming involves participation unhindered by self censorship or group ridicule. You never know where they next great idea is going to stem from.
Storming the Brain for a creative push
The basic idea behind a brainstorming session is to come up with new and original ideas by attacking the subject you are working on with abandon and then writing whatever comes to mind down. Brainstorming works best when you are working in a group, with every individual freely contributing their thoughts. The focus should be on speed and quantity rather than mere quality. A brain storming session should be devoid of censorship or ridicule, allowing for each participant to put in their own two cents, no matter how nonsensical their two cents seems. In fact, that person’s wayward thoughts might trigger something more profound in the mind of somebody else and you might get a creative idea that might have never evolved if not for that original quip.
Brainstorming is a great way for a group to dig up fresh and new ideas and to tackle creative problems from different angles, but an individual looking for some creative inspiration can also utilize this tool. A brainstorming group of one might not be as effective as a group session, but it still may have an impact. It may allow an individual to find creative inspiration by allowing them to unhinge their thoughts and let them flow onto paper. As with a group session, individual brainstorming should focus on quantity over quality. Let your thoughts go everywhere, no matter what blind alleys you might run down. Sometimes what you thought was a dead end, might turn into a creative shortcut that you would have otherwise never would have found if you had let your thoughts remained bottled up.
While getting together in a meeting room or someone’s home is the ideal way to start a brainstorming session, digital and electronic technology also allows for brainstorming among people who are separated by distance or time. Discussion boards, chat rooms, conference call and web cams can all play a role in helping you or your group come up with lots of great creative ideas.