Creativity: How to Get More Ideas


Want to goose your creativity muscle? Make it a habit to create ten ideas a day. The results will amaze you. Most of your ideas will be worthless, but some will be truly valuable. A great idea can change your life.

Further to our “I’ve got nothing to blog about!” post, here’s a simple way to get more ideas.

James Altucher suggests:

B) Write down ten ideas. About anything. It doesn’t  matter if they are business ideas, book ideas, ideas for surprising your  spouse in bed, ideas for what you should do if you are arrested for  shoplifting, ideas for how to make a better tennis racquet, anything you  want. The key is that it has to be ten or more.

Try it. It works. Create ten ideas a day.

I’ve got a 10 Ideas prototype note in Tinderbox to make creating those ten ideas as simple as creating a new note.  Most of the ideas are utter junk. That’s fine. At the end of the month, I read through my idea notes (if you’re a Tinderbox user too, create an agent) and delete most of them.

Here’s what I’ve found.

  • Creating ideas builds your idea muscle;
  • You get more ideas than than you’ll ever need;
  • You become more confident;
  • Yes, most of your ideas may be junk, BUT some will be are valuable;
  • It’s fun;
  • Ideas breed. When you read over your ideas, you’ll get more ideas related to those ideas;
  • You can combine ideas to create ideas you’d probably never have thought of;
  • You’ll never run out of stuff to blog about. :-)

Try this process — you can jot down ten ideas in a couple of minutes. On some days ideas will flow, on other days, and if you’ve chosen a real challenge for your idea generation, it will take longer. But it’s always valuable, and your ideas will become more valuable to you over time.

Author: Angela Booth

Copywriter Angela Booth's clients tell her she performs "word magic." Whether she's writing advertising materials, Web content, or ghostwriting for her clients, she's committed to helping them to achieve results, fast. Author of one of the first books about online business, Making The Internet Work For Your Business, Angela's written many business books which have been published by major publishers. She's an enthusiastic self-publisher and writing teacher.