Creativity Alphabet

Since 1978, when I first went to CPSI – Creative Problem Solving Institute, created by Alex Osborn, creator of Brainstorming, and learned that there were creative thinking systems, techniques/tools, approaches/attitudes, methods, processes, strategies (organizing system S.T.A.M.P.S.™ that I created in 1978) I began collecting, creating and coaching or teaching people in how to use existing ones or create their own.

Tonight, December 18th, I created in a stream of conscious manner, another one I called Alphabet of Creative Thinking and sent out 26 separate Tweets™ representing what they might be.  Then I received several supportive tweets and one the follower recommeded that I add them to my website. Mike Brown (Brainzooming™ creator) also suggested that I include cartoons. That I will work on.

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Here is the initial stream of consciousness (my impatience on steroids) version from my Twitter™ page.

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A is for adapt, alter current ideas

B is for broaden, break, back up from your ideas seeking new ones

C is for change, control, collapse, chaos, combine ideas

D is for dig deeper, wider, longer, divide, divert, dust off

E is for exercise, energize, excite, eliminate

F is for fix, forget, forge ahead, fill up, fudge

G is for generate, go around, over, under, through…

H is for halve, happy, hand-make, …

I is for innovate, invent, imagine, inject, integrate, initiate

J is for joke with, about, instead of, jolly up, jettison, jack up, just don’t sit there

K is for kindle, kindness,

L is for lighten, laugh. lift, lilt, longer,

M is for minify, magnify, modify, maximize, muddy around with

N is for noodle, needle, nudge

O is for oversize, outsize, organize, re-organize,

P is for put to other uses, paint, put under, over, around, pat, put,

Q is for quantify, quality, quake (shake up), quicker, quote others

R is for run, rip, rap, rut, rot, replicate, reduce, re-arrange

S is for size differently, set up, set aside, six, safer, smaller…

T is for tastier, tougher, tighter, typical, a-typical, tinier

U is for uncover, unwrap, undivert, unconvert, unteam, undo

V is for Vacate, validate, vanish, veneer…

W is for weatherize, wall up, work around, whip,

X is for xeric, Xerox, xylograph, xyolophone

Y is for yaff, yahoo, yarn, yellow, yeast

Z is for zip, zap, zup, zeal, zest

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Now here is a more complete listing using 600 verbs found on the website:

http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/regular-verbs-list.htm

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When seeking to instantly generate ideas, to spark your thinking, to excite the thinking of a pair of people, a team, a group, an entire audience, a classroom of any age students use the following Dictionary of English Verbs (or find one in your language and use those).

Then write out your challenge, problem, question leaving the VERB BLANK.  Then randomly place verbs from this list into it to generate new ideas.

To increase my marketing I will (blank) my printed materials (this term could be blank as well).

accept
add
admire
admit

advise

afford

agree

alert

allow

amuse

analyse

announce

annoy

answer

apologise

appear

applaud

appreciate

approve

argue

arrange

arrest

arrive

ask

attach

attack

attempt

attend

attract

avoid

back

bake

balance

ban

bang

bare

bat

bathe

battle

beam

beg

behave

belong

bleach

bless

blind

blink

blot

blush

boast

boil

bolt

bomb

book

bore

borrow

bounce

bow

box

brake

brake

branch

breathe

bruise

brush

bubble

bump

burn

bury

buzz

calculate

call

camp

care

carry

carve

cause

challenge

change

charge

chase

cheat

check

cheer

chew

choke

chop

claim

clap

clean

clear

clip

close

coach

coil

collect

colour

comb

command

communicate

compare

compete

complain

complete

concentrate

concern

confess

confuse

connect

consider

consist

contain

continue

copy

correct

cough

count

cover

crack

crash

crawl

cross

crush

cry

cure

curl

curve

cycle

dam

damage

dance

dare

decay

deceive

decide

decorate

delay

delight

deliver

depend

describe

desert

deserve

destroy

detect

develop

disagree

disappear

disapprove

disarm

discover

dislike

divide

double

doubt

drag

drain

dream

dress

drip

drop

drown

drum

dry

dust

earn

educate

embarrass

employ

empty

encourage

end

enjoy

enter

entertain

escape

examine

excite

excuse

exercise

exist

expand

expect

explain

explode

extend

face

fade

fail

fancy

fasten

fax

fear

fence

fetch

file

fill

film

fire

fit

fix

flap

flash

float

flood

flow

flower

fold

follow

fool

force

form

found

frame

frighten

fry

gather

gaze

glow

glue

grab

grate

grease

greet

grin

grip

groan

guarantee

guard

guess

guide

hammer

hand

handle

hang

happen

harass

harm

hate

haunt

head

heal

heap

heat

help

hook

hop

hope

hover

hug

hum

hunt

hurry

identify

ignore

imagine

impress

improve

include

increase

influence

inform

inject

injure

instruct

intend

interest

interfere

interrupt

introduce

invent

invite

irritate

itch

jail

jam

jog

join

joke

judge

juggle

jump

kick

kill

kiss

kneel

knit

knock

knot

label

land

last

laugh

launch

learn

level

license

lick

lie

lighten

like

list

listen

live

load

lock

long

look

love

man

manage

march

mark

marry

match

mate

matter

measure

meddle

melt

memorise

mend

mess up

milk

mine

miss

mix

moan

moor

mourn

move

muddle

mug

multiply

murder

nail

name

need

nest

nod

note

notice

number

obey

object

observe

obtain

occur

offend

offer

open

order

overflow

owe

own

pack

paddle

paint

park

part

pass

paste

pat

pause

peck

pedal

peel

peep

perform

permit

phone

pick

pinch

pine

place

plan

plant

play

please

plug

point

poke

polish

pop

possess

post

pour

practise

pray

preach

precede

prefer

prepare

present

preserve

press

pretend

prevent

prick

print

produce

program

promise

protect

provide

pull

pump

punch

puncture

punish

push

question

queue

race

radiate

rain

raise

reach

realise

receive

recognise

record

reduce

reflect

refuse

regret

reign

reject

rejoice

relax

release

rely

remain

remember

remind

remove

repair

repeat

replace

reply

report

reproduce

request

rescue

retire

return

rhyme

rinse

risk

rob

rock

roll

rot

rub

ruin

rule

rush

sack

sail

satisfy

save

saw

scare

scatter

scold

scorch

scrape

scratch

scream

screw

scribble

scrub

seal

search

separate

serve

settle

shade

share

shave

shelter

shiver

shock

shop

shrug

sigh

sign

signal

sin

sip

ski

skip

slap

slip

slow

smash

smell

smile

smoke

snatch

sneeze

sniff

snore

snow

soak

soothe

sound

spare

spark

sparkle

spell

spill

spoil

spot

spray

sprout

squash

squeak

squeal

squeeze

stain

stamp

stare

start

stay

steer

step

stir

stitch

stop

store

strap

strengthen

stretch

strip

stroke

stuff

subtract

succeed

suck

suffer

suggest

suit

supply

support

suppose

surprise

surround

suspect

suspend

switch

talk

tame

tap

taste

tease

telephone

tempt

terrify

test

thank

thaw

tick

tickle

tie

time

tip

tire

touch

tour

tow

trace

trade

train

transport

trap

travel

treat

tremble

trick

trip

trot

trouble

trust

try

tug

tumble

turn

twist

type

undress

unfasten

unite

unlock

unpack

untidy

use

vanish

visit

wail

wait

walk

wander

want

warm

warn

wash

waste

watch

water

wave

weigh

welcome

whine

whip

whirl

whisper

whistle

wink

wipe

wish

wobble

wonder

work

worry

wrap

wreck

wrestle

wriggle

x-ray

yawn

yell

zap

zip

zoom

 

Robert Alan Black, Ph.D., CSP

Creative Thinking Consultant, Creative Problem Solver, Idea Generator, Creativity speaker and consultan