If the good ideas won’t come, I’ll take a crappy one instead. In fact, that may be the one that turns into sheer brilliance.
It seems Hodak makes this a practice during those sessions, and when minds get gummed up for some reason or other, she’ll take the dumb and dumber just to blow the brain gunk out.
(Brain gunk. That sounded squirrel-dung nutty when I slammed that phrase down. Now I really like it. Borrow it if you want.)
But the worst idea possible? Isn’t that counterproductive? Seems that way to me. When I plot out a novel or article or blog post, I want stuff that works. I don’t want to fritter my time away with a bunch of garbage. I can dream up enough screwball crap without making a special effort to do so, thank you.
Two thoughts on stupid
- But here’s the thing. A lousy idea indicates someone is really thinking around here. Someone’s going out on a limb. Everyone else is silent, meaning everything’s copacetic or they left their brains in their other pants pockets. It’s better to ask the stupid questions than none at all, and better to dream up a total loser than to not do anything.
- Now here’s Thing 2: When all is said and done, who says it’s a dumb idea anyway, and are there any guarantees it will stay dumb?
As far as who says, it’s usually me. In those rare moments when I have my filter on, I’ll shoot down any of my moments of a) cosmic brilliance or b) celestial stupidity without even feeling badly about it. A moment like that is scary anyway, and it needs killing.
Staying stupid? Let’s go down the list. At one time people — and the press — howled at the idea of putting a man on the moon. I mean that was one of those what-are-you-smoking ideas, too funny to even take seriously. Or the thought of me running a computer that’s smaller than my bedroom? Now, that one was uber-dumb.
Somebody had to dream up this junk in the first place.
In the early going a dumb idea will get a chuckle out of you.
Bounce it off someone else and he’ll think it’s a real hoot. You’ll brighten his day.
Throw it to a committee and — well, just try it sometimes. I double-dawg dare you.
In a group setting Hodak will have her staff dream up the biggest, dumbest ideas they can. Maybe even engage in a round of can-you-top-this. You think that one’s a real turkey, listen to this.
You know, that’s the idea that just may work.
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Talk to me: Share some of your biggest, dumbest ideas. Did they work?