Use of Adjectives
blog post, I'll use random adjectives to help guide the thinking
directed by the nine tools. Here's a post about generating a list of
adjectives: How to create a list of adjectives quickly.
Tool 1: Switch
The purpose of Switch is to deliberately switch my thinking when I'm thinking about a subject. There are two types of switch, on-topic and off-topic:
For an on-topic switch I'll switch my thinking, but stay on the topic. I'm currently thinking about the chosen topic reading books. So an on-topic Switch could be:
Could I get a Kindle?
I could go through my books and sort them out.
I could read more non-fiction.
I could dig out a book right now and read.
I could visit the library.
Using Random Adjectives, and a Format for an On-topic Switch
(I'll stay on the chosen topic reading books) To do an on-topic switch with an adjective, I pick a random adjective
and use it as a trigger to generate an on-topic switch that has the
characteristic suggested by the adjective. The format is thus:
Make X Switch
Then I choose a random adjective. In this case: historic
I put my random adjective - historic - in the place of the "X" which gives:
Make historic switch:
And I ask myself: "What would a historic switch be?" I'll try to interpret that in a few ways to generate the following thinking switches:
Could I read some of the classics?
Could I make a list of the books I enjoyed as a child and pass them on to my children?
What are the all-time best sellers?
More Examples of On-topic Switches:
Make introspective switch: Could I focus on the way I read? (Learn speed reading, etc.)
Make illegal switch: What books have been banned in the past or have been controversial? Could I read them?
Make wise switch: Think about what makes a wise reader. What should my reading priorities be?
Make morbid switch: Have any books been written with a ouija board?
Make specky switch: Do I need to get new glasses?
Make dead switch: What books could I add to my bucket list as possible reads?
an off-topic switch I'll switch my thinking completely away from the
current topic. So, with the topic "reading books" I could end up with
Have some food.
Go for a run.
Using Random Adjectives, and a Format for an Off-topic Switch
This is constructed in the same way as the on-topic Switch: I'll pick a random adjective
and use it as a trigger to generate an off-topic switch that has the
characteristic suggested by the adjective. The format is the same:
Make X Switch.
Then I choose a random adjective: funny.
I put the random adjective - funny - in the place of the "X" which gives:
Make funny switch
and I ask myself "What would a funny switch be?" I'll interpret it in a few ways:
Watch some funny vids on YouTube.
Read some jokes.
Write some jokes.
More Examples of Off-topic Switches:
Make deep switch: Go swimming
Make dear switch: Go shopping
Make clear switch: Tidy out the shed.
Make frightening switch: Do a bungee jump.
Make penitent switch: List mistakes I've made that I regret.
Switching Back to the Topic from an Off-topic Switch
I can utilise an off-topic switch I've generated to see how it could help the original topic (reading books, in this case):
Go swimming: Would help me to read books because I'd be fit and refreshed.
Go shopping: I could go in a book shop.
Tidy out the shed: I could find somewhere to store my books.