Just found this fantastic link on Pixar and how they create their stories and characters. Great stuff.
Lately, as I mentioned before, I’ve been working a lot on ideas, both for my clients and myself. I’ve been working to understand exactly how ideas are produced, how one can harness idea production (like a conveyor belt) so that ideas are recorded, or filed, or processed for success. Business owners, entrepreneurs, writers, artists, even those of us addicted to Pinterest, swear that the way to keeping better track of ideas and projects is to have a way to sort and file them.
I am fascinated by Sherlock Holmes and his ability to harness vast spreads of ideas, info, and connections to work FOR him rather than against him. I think he’s my hero with regard to utilizing ideas. So many of us get so many different ideas and they overwhelm us and/or we forget them. What good are they to us then?
I’ve been trying to become like Sherlock Holmes, you might say, attempting to do something with the many ideas, either sorting them by possibility and usefulness and/or simply writing it down/recording it on a spreadsheet so that I can have it when I might need it. I think Pinterest has inspired this, but in less of a visual way.
Call it the next phase of social media, but we’re moving onto a different usage and everyone I talk to is more overwhelmed than anything.
That’s what I’M interested in. What makes me light up? What makes me super? I think we need to take a minute and breathe. Let go of what we just hate or can’t control. (I’m doing this right now with my “500 Things” project.) Embrace what makes us light up. Don’t let stuff or rules or fears stop you.