Nice idea. Very creative.
But how do you get yourself to relax enough to do that? Twyla Tharp has come up with a very concrete way of collecting ideas. I have mentioned her and her book, "The Creative Habit" before. It is well worth taking a look at.
Interestingly enough, Twyla Tharp's method involves a box. A box for each tiny little idea you have. Then as you come across photos, writing, music, objects you put them in the box. After a while, as it gets full, you look through it. Suddenly, there are so many ways to investigate and expand that tiny little idea you had in the beginning.
- Choose some idea you want to explore.
- Be on the alert for anything that seems to be connected in any way.
- Eventually, the contents of the box will provide fertile ground for developing ideas.
- The labelled box gives the idea the respect it deserves.
- It makes a place for an abstract idea.
- Nothing has a schedule or has to be put in order.
- You may start several boxes at once, without a problem.
- It is there waiting for you when you need it.
- The physical box reminds you that you are looking for ideas.
I have used a box for doing idea research. I tend to use different color notebooks. I also use the computer for additional information and links to add to either the real box or the notebook. I refer to my art journals as my own personal visual encyclopedia. And I do write a lot in my art journals and make lots of literary connections.So books are very much a part of my collection of ideas.
Have you come up with another system for collecting ideas? What works for you?