As part of a bonus to the The Creative Crowbar Reference VOL.1 book I will be including a list of 1000 creative sparks. They are word combinations that can be used to start a poem, the first sentence in a novel, get you out of a writing jam, inspiration for some joke…the list goes on and on for you. Below is a quick glance at a few from the middle of the list. See if you can use one today!…
507. Angry Gobstopper
508. Gaffer Rack
509. Sand Mountain
510. Sound of Orange
511. Orange Darts
512. Pale Face
513. Blue Shoe
514. Shaggy Moves
515. Upsized Downsizer
516. Dream Surrounded
517. Online Crash
518. Fortune Cookie
519. Fountain Pen Repairer
520. Special Sponser
521. Sea Storm
522. Infused Blues
So there you go, a quick list of some words that could inspire you on a project.
I recently came across this book. If you have time to read it, I would reccomend you do so sooner than later.
So,….(I like the word so, so you will probably see it a lot Grammar Police) So…. I took a break from my usual idea churning and took a walk next to this….
Then I ate some of this….
Now I am ready to get going again. Do you think the ideas will flow? Well if they don’t for me, then maybe the will for you. Think Turtles and Tacos..got to be something funny with that I tell ya.
All day long I think of content ideas. Here are 10 things I do to help the process.
1. Surf Facebook
2. Surf TV
3. Watch movies
4. Play games with my kids.
5. Try to start arguments with people.
7. Take multiple showers
8. Play on my phone
9. Read my world record book
10. Wash the dishes
I did not say these were good or bad, healthy or not, or even lazy sounding, I just said it is what I do every day. Some are more productive than others. I chew on and develop raw ideas the best while in the shower. Playing with the kids generates the least. I want to focus on them, but they do help.
The part not on the list is what I do to collect and organize the ideas. I have a ton of sketchbooks. Very few are full from page one to the end because I just leave them all over the place so I can pick them up and jot down the idea. I don’t want to loose the idea while looking for a place to write it down. I also have a computer and about 10 different websites. Each website is a different subject and if I have a good idea I can post on that website. It is not a perfect neat system, but it works for me. I don’t expect the diamond type of idea every time. In fact very few are worthy of repeating, however, I never want to stop the flow.
Oh, bonus 11. I venture out to bookstores and/or coffee shops specifically aimed at content generation. I also recently added flying a kite. Man is that fun and relaxing…. Unless you almost take someone’s head off by accident while are walking across the filed and the wind picks up causing your kite to go bananas.
Final note. I am in a hurry, at a bookstore typing this in my phone so please excuse my grammar and typos. I will at some point in the future re-visit and fix… Or maybe not… Got to catch some more ideas..
Here are a couple re-caps I came across today.
Stytoons 2000 – Lee Styron – In the middle of the desert there is a buzzard on the ground looking up at his buddies flying above. We see their shadow circling around a piece of blown out tire. “False alarm guys! False alarm.”
Henderson 2009 – A pissed off snowman looking down at a yellow spot on him. A dog walking away. “You stupid mangy mutt…The kids just built me an hour ago.”
Piccolo – In the living room of a family sits a mother and father rabbit. Standing in front of them is a young rabbit. “No, seriously, that’s where you came from — a magician’s hat.”