I find it difficult to think up titles. It feels like I’m on the spot to be original and catchy, or else no one will notice. It’s stressful, so sometimes I put it off and do something else. I forget that cracking an impasse works best by changing what I'm doing.
So, the other day when I came up blank on a title for an article, I decided to just let it rest for a while. I went into my living room and did the first thing on the list below. Then, when I sat back down, voila! A clever title popped into my head.
Despite the abundance of advice available for generating creative inspiration—the "Eureka!" moment—some great practical ideas are rarely mentioned.
Here’s my own list:
Neuropsychiatrist Nancy Andreasen found that inventive geniuses have little use for conceptual structures that provide comfort and predictability. Because they can tolerate the gray areas, they’re more open to new experiences than people with a high need for closure. They’re also quite mentally agile and are constantly seeking to learn new things.
We have this wonderful part of our brain, the association cortex. It receives information from a variety of sources and integrates it via a system of feedback loops that can generate new thoughts. Thus, injecting diverse data via exposure to new experiences or changes in routine can be the best source for innovative ideas.
So go whistle, color, switch-hit, rearrange, and create!