Throughout the month of January, I’m taking part in Storystorm. The goal is to generate 30 ideas in 30 days. I’m writing this on Thursday the 12th and I currently have 22 ideas.
Early on, because I hadn’t been doing much idea generation, I was going good to come up with one a day. Yes, I was managing it but it wasn’t pretty. I’m so far ahead because the other day I came up with 9. And I have a second one to write down for today.
How do I come up with so many ideas?
One thing is to look for ideas all around you. I’ve been reading the Storystorm blog posts. They’re all informative and some have nudged me towards an idea. Sometimes it isn’t even an idea based on the post itself. Sometimes I look at the images and one will remind me of something I found researching the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 St. Louis World’s Fair). The next thing I know, I’m noodling over an idea based on that research.
When you write nonfiction, one idea can also lead to another. That’s what happened when I started thinking about the World’s Fair. An idea about Ota Benga (someone brought in as part of an exhibit) led to an idea about using people as exhibits and more.
My daily foreign language study led to an idea about words. Reading the National Science Association newsletter led to an idea about nanomaterials. I’ve come up with ideas based on recent headline news, things I’ve seen posted on social media and more.
While one idea may not lead directly to another, generating ideas on a regular basis seems to have freed up the flow. This is definitely a habit that I hope to continue after the month and the challenge are over.
That said, if I’m going to generate 300+ ideas in one year, I’m going to have to come up with some way to organize them.
I’m thinking . . . I’m thinking . . .