I'm always on the lookout for other writers' and creatives' takes on how to make ideas reality. In "Saving the Spark: Developing Creative Ideas", graphic designer and writer Mark Boulton explains his practical views on this. He begins:
Ideas. They’re at the heart of every creative process. However, almost no really good ideas are flashes of inspiration. They may start that way—a single glimmer of something special—but in order to work, they need to be honed. Like a really good cheese, they need to mature. Indeed, the “flash of inspiration” idea—the Eureka moment—is only part of a longer process that, if ignored, will see most ideas simply fizzle out.
So, how do you “have” ideas? Sit about and wait for them to pop into your head? If only most of us had the luxury to do so. No, for most of us, ideas have to be squeezed out of us every day. To stand up to this challenge, you need to arm yourself with some good tools...
If you're creating projects (and solving problems along the way) with a group, definitely read how Boulton describes getting the most out of brainstorming sessions.
Found at A List Apart.