So I have the green light to continue with the blogging (you may notice the lovely disclaimer under my picture, just to be on the safe side). Horray! Let the blogging continue.
Here’s a thought…
How should you respond to someone who says “OMG – We could (insert crazy idea here).”
a) “That would never work.”
b) “Maybe, but we’d have to do a lot of things to make it work.”
c) “What a great idea! We could also (insert a different crazy idea here).”
The correct answer is c.
There are two parts to creation – brainstorming and editing. You brainstorm first and edit later.
In brainstorming mode, rules do not apply. You have an unlimited budget, no legal problems, and zero logistical hurdles. The goal is to purge the crazy and wacky ideas from your brain and get them down on paper. The sky’s the limit – dream big!
You edit. You look at your crazy ideas and say “This is a great idea, how can we make it work in the real world?” You’d be surprised how achievable many of those crazy ideas actually are. Don’t kill them – incubate them!
I’m lucky. I’ve been inundated with projects over the past week (which explains the slump in my posting schedule).
But yesterday I found myself taking way more time than usual to get my ideas out of my head and into the computer. I was stressing, feeling the pressure of an impending deadline compounded with the need to be absolutely brilliant. At the end of the day, I felt drained – knowing that I wasn’t nearly as productive as I needed to be and seeing deadlines piling up for the next day.
Today I awoke determined to make it a better day. I remembered a post I wrote a few months ago about covering your computer screen when you feel writer’s block. I debated in my mind as to whether or not I actually had the time to brainstorm ideas today. With the deadlines piling up – I was still feeling the time crunch.
So I made the decision to take 5 minutes to color a black piece of paper with the words “Just Think” in big letters. Then I scattered inspiring phrases around the page:
You’re an excellent communicator!
Just type it.
There are no bad ideas.
Just get it down.
It’s already there.
You can do it!
Listen to your muse.
Write like you talk.
The result? I’m caught up. After allowing about 10 minutes of pure brainstorming, a phrase jumped out that inspired me.
I’m not sure why I stopped this practice in the first place, but I’ve learned my lesson – brainstorming time is essential to cranking out quick, quality copy.