Brainstorming a Word List to Focus Your Style

My last post was about using a list of words as a tool for focusing your style. I mentioned brainstorming, but I didn’t emphasize how important it is, so now I will: brainstorming is necessary. Don’t skip it. The crucial part of list making is brainstorming.

Brainstorming is letting the creative process fly. It’s free associating without editing. It lets you tap into your unconscious ideas about style – the things that you care about but have never articulated. You need to uncover these wants, wishes, and aspirations so that you can make sure your style expresses the true you.

So try it. Think of every single word possible to describe your style. What is your style like now? What do you want it to be? Don’t edit, don’t criticize yourself for not having “better” ideas or wanting something you don’t think you should want. Write down every word that crosses your mind.

To use me as an example, I just tried it and came up with a list. It’s not the same as my “master” list, so I’m clearly feeling different than I normally do today. If I brainstorm again another day and come up with some of these same words a second time I’ll have to add them to my master list.

  • Experimental
  • Science-fictiony
  • Futuristic
  • Silvery
  • Dew drops
  • Grass green

I like the mixture of silvery metallic ideas with water and grass. I can definitely see an entire wardrobe based on just those words.


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