Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo

Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo

by Carrie Anton, Jessica Nordskog

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Overview

From brainstorming mavens Carrie Anton and Jessica Nordskog comes this inspirational guide to generating fresh ideas—all without setting foot in a conference room.

An essential resource for any self-employed, freelance, or work-from-home professional, Me, Myself & Ideas offers tips, tools, and a host of exercises aimed at crushing mental blocks and forging ahead with creative solutions. Whether you're stuck on a logistical problem or experiencing a creative dry spell, the activities in this book are sure to get you thinking (and creating) in new and powerful ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449496289
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 513,533
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carrie Anton worked as a full-time author and editor for American Girl Publications’ Advice & Activity line from 2005 through 2013, during which time she wrote several contemporary nonfiction books for 8-to-12-year-old girls. Anton left the cube life in 2013 to grow Wonder: An Idea Studio while girl-bossing as a freelance writer. Her writing has been published by Women’s Health, Family Circle, Oxygen, Draft, and Outside, among others.

Jessica Nordskog is the former Lifestyle Editor for American Girl magazine, where she developed crafts, recipes, and parties for girls. She later worked in product development, designing accessories for the contemporary line of dolls. In 2011, Nordskog ended her career at Mattel to begin a new one as a freelance designer. Since starting her own business, she has designed everything from logos, annual reports, and menus to t-shirt graphics and books. Her clients include Rodale, Henry Holt & Co., Bean Sprouts Café, The Water Council, and Organic Valley.

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Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Carrie and Jessica are a dynamic duo! I have enjoyed the book very much and keep referring back to help generate more ideas :)! The layout and graphics are very creative and the brainstorming techniques can apply to various topics!
diane92345 9 months ago
Whether you are trying to think up the perfect plot for your great American novel, create a new business, or energize an existing business with a new product or marketing plan, Me, Myself & Ideas can help. Brainstorming is usually done in a group. But what if there is only you in the room? The authors have modified traditional brainstorming ideas so they can be performed by one person. They begin with breakouts and icebreakers to warm up your brain. But the meat of the book is in the brainstorming exercises themselves. Divided into methods using art, English, drama, and science as their muse, it is likely that at least one or two types will work for each reader. There is nothing really new presented here. However, the style and humor in the book are a welcome addition to the surprisingly dry academic books on creativity. Years ago, I took a Master’s level Creativity Class that was my favorite MBA course. It presented these same ideas (i.e., mind maps and new ways of seeing old ideas). These methods work! If you want to up your creativity with some pizazz, Me, Myself & Ideas is a good way to do it. Just a head’s up, I wouldn’t read this book from front to back. Stop and do some of the ideas as you read. 4 stars! Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Jamie Brydone-Jack 9 months ago
Exploring Brainstorming on Your Own In these modern times of solopreneurs, freelancers, and those who are interested in developing side hustles, this book means to guide the reader about how to do solo brainstorming. This might seem like an impossible phrase, but it is really about finding the ideas and answers within yourself to problems you might face in your solo business career since you don’t have the support of a group. The authors are like cheerleaders, using bright colors, nonlinear page design, and sometimes wacky ideas in an attempt to get you to dig deep for them. The first couple of chapters are about what to do before you brainstorm: setting ground rules, thinking about your personality in regard to brainstorming, setting up your space, and getting out of your common work-a-day headspace. The longest chapter is the one on brainstorming itself, where the authors set up models for how to structure your approach to brainstorming in the guise of assignments. The last two chapters are about what to do after your brainstorming session, letting it mellow and then coming back to decide what you might want to work with. I thought the book was at times a little too over-the-top. Some ideas are so zany that I couldn't see the practicality of them. There are certainly nuggets here that will help you as you try to come up with ideas, but it does take some work to separate the wheat from the chaff. I think a shorter book would have been better, forcing the authors to drill down and write in a focused fashion. That said, if you are working for or by yourself and needing to come up with ideas, this book could give you some structure in how to best approach this.