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3. Creativity > 23. Deck Yourself Out

Deck Yourself Out

Creativity decks are sets of suggestive aphorisms for getting creatively unstuck—for example, unblocking your writer’s block. They come in several forms: as decks of cards, as PC and PDA applications, and even as scripts that you can consult via the Web, wherever you are.

Many hacks in this book use some form of randomized input to stimulate creativity or to break deadlocked decisions, such as seeding your mental random-number generator [Hack #19], rolling the dice [Hack #49], not overthinking it [Hack #48], and forcing connections [Hack #20]. This should not surprise you. Human use of random stimuli is ancient, ranging from staring at the clouds, to reading entrails, to poring over Tarot cards. The human brain is well adapted to finding patterns in a wide range of stimuli, so it’s smart to use this natural functionality to focus conscious thought and capture less-conscious thoughts.


  

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