In the few minutes I spent writing this, I realized that the improv ethic—go with what you’re given—isn’t the cumbersome, rain-soaked woolen overcoat I thought it was. Rather, this philosophy liberates the mind by giving it a specific ground zero to begin thinking. Throughout my subsequent freewriting, I referred to this improv strategy again and again, reminding myself to “go with the thought” I had just put on paper. As my hand raced to keep up with my mind, I felt great energy in my thinking and writing. The whole time I was scribbling, I would say to myself something like “Go...
“agreeing and extending,”
If you’ve thought yourself into a corner and are stuck, free-write about the situation by listing everything in it that’s obvious. Put down simple facts. They have a way of cutting through the fog.
1. What problem am I trying to solve? (Be general in your wording here. Nothing too specific. Examples of good general problem statements: “How do I build a fan base for something unknown?” “How do I sell a product to a market that thinks it understands the product when it doesn’t?” “How do I reduce costs while increasing coverage?”) 2. Who has solved it?