I recently read an article that suggested you come up with ten crappy ideas a day. The premise was that if you do this every day you will begin to be better at coming up with ideas by working out and enhancing your “idea muscles”. Apparently then when you really need a good idea you will be more apt to come up with one.
It sounded like decent advice to me so today I tried flexing my idea muscles. It turns out my muscles have apparently atrophied as the task was much harder than I ever could have imagined. At first I tried to come up with ten ideas for titles of movies I would want to watch.
Apparently I can’t get my mind off the gutter because most of them involved seeing Chris Pratt scantily clad.
Then I thought I might try instead to come up with a list of names for future cats. That just seemed pitiful. It hits too close to “turning into the crazy cat lady” home, but I made the list anyway.
So I definitely have the “crappy” part of this ideation exercise down. I’m not sure if it will actually help me in the future, but it sure as hell is fun.