Going Off On A Tangent
Going Off On A Tangent (GOOAT)
Brainstorming, word association, going off on a tangent. All techniques to generate ideas, all variations on a theme. I thought about this after I had written this post - Review of Curious by Ian Leslie . I explained that Leslie believes the internet stifles curiosity. I asked if it would be possible to write software that encouraged creative thinking (Leslie argues that the internet's ability to give instant answers makes deep curiosity redundant). I thought about my own writing method here. I tend not to use other members' posts to generate ideas. I look to my own experience, the news and my interests to provide topics. Not creative and not original.
I could use word association to go off on a tangent to generate endless ideas. As an example I thought about the name "Leslie". Two thoughts came to me:-
Leslie- John Leslie- Blue Peter presenter- Blue Peter- my favourite funny video featuring a baby elephant running amok live on air - post about funniest videos and link to the clip of the crazy baby elephant.
Leslie- Boys Name and a girls name- How about a post featuring famous men with girls names? - John Wayne (real name Marion)- Shirley Crabtree- professional UK wrestler, Giant Haystacks- I wonder how many more I an find?
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