7 Unique Brainstorming Techniques

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Take a Break From Ideas

Geoff Garlock, a sketch comedy instructor at New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, recommends a rubber duckie as muse. "Take a shower, or a bath, or a spongebath, whatever you do to cleanse yourself of the daily grime and the grime of trying to come up with new ideas," Garlock says. "I have some of my best ideas in the shower, or am able to crack an idea I have not been able to figure out. There must be something in the shampoo." Comedy writers have to be able to keep up on the news of the day, fluently critique every comedy movie since the invention of celluloid, and then write original material under deadline. Sometimes, escaping all the noise is key. "When we let our brains loose, then we start to see the reasons that we think the world is absurd," Garlock says.