Monday, 22 June 2009

A Good Idea

Darling ones,

this just in from master of the universe Jurgen Wolff:

'The "wrong name" game
If you find yourself stuck in a thinking rut, take five minutes to do a mental warm-up exercise I learned years ago in an improv class. It's a little weird and probably you should do it in private, but it works.

All you do is walk around the room, point at things and name them as anything other than what they are. So, for instance, you'd point at the window and call out, "Chair!" and point at the desk and say, "Walrus!" (or whatever). If you do this for a few minutes, you may find that when you return to your original task new ideas flow more freely.

ACTION: The next time you get stuck, give this a try. It works best if you move around and call the wrong names out loud, but if you absolutely can't do it that way, try it just looking around and doing the calling in your mind.'

Right, I'm off for a cup of penguin.


Rachael Howard said...

Don't ever try doing it in a hotel room. You get complaints from the neighbours. It does work though.

Rachael Howard said...

Or maybe the brain just decides to wander about in an attempt to dissociate itself from its owner.

Elinor said...

Arf! Either of those sounds plausible to me Rach.