Creatives need ideas. Authors, illustrators, inventors, artists, song-writers, choreographers and more. If we don't have ideas we can't create.
Sometimes the ideas flow. The muse is in, and things just work. Other times the muse has left the building. The ideas don't flow and things just kind of flop.
So what do you do? How do you ensure you have a steady flow of ideas, and backup ideas and more backup ideas?
You're going to hate me for saying this, but the secret to generating 100 awesome ideas is to...
...come up with 1,000.
With every good idea must come several (and sometimes even more) bad ideas. You have to figure out what doesn't work before you can figure out what does. And you have to write down every single idea you have so that when it comes time to create, you can choose the very best of the very best ideas you've come up with (after sorting through all those bad ones!).
But the good news is that generating ideas is like training a muscle. The more you do it, the easier it gets. The more you practice, the more likely it is the muse will hang around, and before you know it, you'll find it a piece of cake to jot down 50 ideas a day.
So grab yourself a beautiful notebook (I believe all good ideas should have a beautiful place to hang out, even if they have to share it with the bad ones), and start an ideas journal. 1000 ideas won't take long (I swear!), and then you'll have your 100 awesome ideas ready to go!
Here are some of my ideas journals. I can't resist a beautiful notebook! Can you?