Ideas to Tweet don't come to us linearly.
They come to us when we are working on something or doing something mundane, like in the shower. Funnily, it usually never comes when you're on Twitter. If you're lucky and if the situation is right, you'll pull out a decent Tweet.
This frustrated me.
As a creator, you have a lot to say but there's too much resistance towards the act of writing.
Beyond the act of coming up with ideas, there are these issues that keep us from progressing:
- Being consistent with it
- Killing your ideas by editing them early
- More consumption and less creation
- Struggling to find "your voice"
The main motivation for solving these problems involves serendipity. The beauty of the internet is that it allows you to be closer to the people that you idolise and helps interact with other like-minded individuals. Twitter is great at facilitating this.
By being vocal about how we view the world, writing on Twitter births unexpected opportunities and pushes us in fruitful directions.
But, without putting your ideas out into the real world and doing it consistently, it's difficult to make it happen.
It doesn't have to be.
This is the 1.0 version of how I came to a solution.
How it works:
The gist of the app is to use your interest and experiences — picked at random — to generate at least 8 ideas in under 8 minutes.
Inside Idea Bakery, this is called a "Session".
For example, let's say that you're interested in "Being Helpful" and you've experienced "Mental Shifts"
When you've started a session, you are encouraged to write without editing your ideas and to write as many as you can. The timer will help with this:
When you're immersed in this process, it does an interesting thing to your brain:
- The constraints of what you're interested in and the experience you've had leads you down a rabbit hole of thoughts to write down. Which is going to be raw and primitive. This is what you want!
- It helps you think laterally. Connecting parts that might seem unconnected will connect when you start typing.
- You will reach flow. Around the 8th idea that you submit you will have more to talk about.
When you're done, you can reflect on the ideas and edit them to post, right out of Idea Bakery.
I'm building this in public and bullish on getting my "baked" thoughts 😉 out there so I can be around people like you.
As creators, these struggles shouldn't keep us from sharing what we know, helping others and encouraging serendipity.
If this is interesting to you, I'd love to share it with you for early feedback. Your insights will help me make it better.
Send me a message on Twitter or email shavin[at]verybadwizards.io and I'll send you a sign-up link!
If you'd like to read about the seeds for this app, I wrote a pitch document for it on February 9th, 2021. Have a look!
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