This technique asks us to look again at what we know from a different perspective. One of the things our creative mind is best at is correlating and utilizing, seemingly useless, disparate and random bits of information and turning them into something new and useful.
You can often find that getting your creative thinking going in one area will set it off in another. This technique can be divided into three separate parts.
If you are stuck on something, begin by throwing around a few ideas and putting them into a preliminary mind map using even those ideas you may have thought of and discarded before.
Take an ordinary every day object and list a minimum of 10 different uses for it. For example you might choose any of the following. A cooking pot, rolling pin, newspaper, paving stone, egg beater, fish slice etc. So here’s what the results of that might look like;
11 alternate uses for a cheese grater –
1. Fill with earth and use as a pot plant
2. Grate any number of things other than cheese
3. Flatten and use as a hand trowel in the garden
4. Put an empty plastic bag inside and fill with rocks to create a door stop
5. Use as an incense holder
6. Put a candle inside and use as a lantern
Feather Your Nest ©2010 Kadira Jennings
7. Fill with bits of straw, cushion stuffing, cotton and wool and hang outside for the birds to get materials to line their nests with
8. Put inside a low bowl filled with water and use as a container to arrange flowers in
9. Hang outside in the wind together with other metal objects so they jangle together and scare away the birds from your garden
10. Take to the beach and fill with wet sand to make sand castles
11. Use as a container for pens in the kitchen.
If you feel inclined and I would urge you to actually do this because it is part of this technique – make one of the things you have written on your list. Have fun with it.
Why this often works is that your conscious mind has been wholly engaged in puzzling over something else, thus giving your subconscious mind a chance to work away at your original project.
Now return to your original project and see if any new ideas occur to you. It is amazing what the creative mind will come up with when we leave it alone and learn to lighten up and play a little. – Happy Creating!
PS: If you’d like to share a picture of your creative project I will post it here with a link to your site.