Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.Voltaire
Creative people tend to be curious. Instead of looking for the answer, ask more questions. It may sound counter-intuitive to dig yourself deeper into a mental block, but as you dig you may come to a deeper, more meaningful level where you get to answer a more fundamental question.
Finding and answering the deeper issue may be the reason why the solution has eluded you to date. There was something more basic that was holding back your creative process.
Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of questions that might spark some insights into your current block:
- How does it work?
- How can I break it?
- What could it do better?
- How’s it done in other countries?
- What if it were bigger, or smaller?
- What about a different shape?
- How about a different colour?
- What if it made a different noise?
- How about a different texture?
- How would a child use it?
- How would an old person use it?
- Why am I doing this?
- Who benefits from this?
- Where could it be used?
The most powerful question to keep asking yourself, answering, and repeating is…
This is the question that drills you down to the very essence of the issue at hand. Ask it five times and see where it leads.
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This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington