There are evidently only seven true story lines. That means that you need to find a way to make yours stand out. At a conference I attended in Muncie, Indiana, a few weeks ago, one of the speakers said that there were roughly 300,000 books traditionally published in 2010 and 3 million were self-published. That means you need to find a new way to say something and you need to come up with creative ideas.
Before you start writing, editing, working or school today, or as a break from some of your assignments, consider warming up with this divergent thinking exercise. Thinking outside of the box using this method can help you get ready to write and it can help your ideas be a little bit more creative.
Set an alarm for three minutes, and come up with all of the uses you can think of for a brick. Remember, the brick can multiply, grow, shrink or anything else you want. After the alarm goes off, give yourself a minute break and then spend one more minute to think of uses for a brick.
What did you come up with? are you feeling more creative?