Creative Whack Pack

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I have a deck of cards called the Creative Whack Pack by Roger von Oech. I will pull a card and transcribe it here for anyone who asks.

From the back of the box =

The Creative Whack Pack is a creativity tool. It will "whack" you out of habitual thought patterns and allow you to look at what you're doing in a fresh way. The Creative Whack Pack is a "creative thinking workshop in a box." It consists of 64 different strategies. Some highlight places to find new information. Some provide techniques to generate new ideas. Some lend decision-making advice. And some give you the "kick" you need to get your ideas into action. The Creative Whack Pack is a "gift for your creative gift." Playing with it will make you more creative. Card pulls start July 4th.

Thank you

I enjoyed the book. Hit me.

Pull me a good one!

I'm game.

I will start pulling cards Wednesday, probably around 8 am Pacific Time and then for each request after that as I see it Smile


Listen to That Hunch

Your subconscious mind constantly record and stores unrelated data from the outside world. Later, it combines these data into good answers - hunches - if you simply ask, trust, and listen. these hunches, for example, can lead you to taking a spontaneous vacation and away from making a bad investment. What hunches have you had lately? How can you apply them to your idea?


Make a Metaphor

Philosopher Ortega y Gassett: "The metaphor is probably the most fertile power posessed by man." the key to metaphorical thinking is comparing unrelated concepts and finding similarities between them. Example: what do a cat and a refrigerator have in common? They both have a place to put fish; they both have tails; they purr; they come in a variety of colors; and, they both have a lifetime of about fifteen years. What similarities does your idea have with cooking a meal? Conducting an orchestra? building a house? Raising a child? Waging war? How can these help you understand your idea in a new way? What can you compare your idea to?

I'll take a whack please!


Try a Random Idea

There once was an Indian medicine man who made hunting maps for his tribe. When game god sparse, he'd put a piece of fresh leather in the sun to dry. then he'd fold and twist it, and then smooth it out. The rawhide was now etched with lines. He marked some reference points, and a new map was created. When the hunters followed the map's newly defined trails, they usually discovered abundant game. Moral: by letting the rawhide's random folds represent trails, he pointed the hunters to places they hadn't looked. Stimulate your thinking in a similar way. Open any book at random and put your finger down on a word;"magnet." How does it relate to what you're doing? What associations can you make? What random ideas can you try?

Whack me!

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I don't think I'm ready to be whacked yet, but I like how this works. I'm still setting up my recording studio for 59/90, so I'll definitely check back here.



When St. Augustine was a young priest in Milan, he took a problem to his bishop. He was going to Rome where the Sabbath was celebrated on Sunday, while in Milan it was celebrated on Saturday. Augustine was confused as to which was the right day. the bishop solved his problem by saying; "When in Rome, do as the Romans." conformity is a necessary part of our social existence. Without it, the fabric of society would come apart. It's the same with ne ideas: if you're too far out in left field you might be out of the ball park. To what standards should you be conforming?

@cts I'm here when you're ready! Happy 50/90

I’ll give this a try


Get Support

One reason gypsies have a good health record is the role the family plays in establishing a positive health environment. When a gypsy gets sick, it's common for six or eight others to accompany her to the doctor. Such family participation provides not only a support system for the ill member, it also creates a high expectancy for getting well. Similarly, it's easier to be creative if your environment both as supports and expects new ideas. What support systems can you create?

@pearlmanhattan, can you draw me a card please?

@james my apologies for not getting your card sooner -

Use Your Shield


New Ideas can be threatening, and they often provoke a negative reaction. For example when Stravinsky first presented his Rite of Spring ballet with it's unusual harmonies and primitive rhythms, he was met with a rioting audience. When Kepler correctly solved the orbital problem of the planets by using ellipses rather than circles, he was denounced. Be prepared for such a reaction and don't let it prevent you from acting on your idea. As German statesman Konrad Adenauer put it, "A thick skin is a gift from God." What negative reaction do you expect? How can you deflect it?


Every time I see your name, I think of Fozzy Bear ... (wokka wokka wokka) and it makes me smile. On to your card!

Pause for a Bit


Poet Doug King on the value of incubating: "Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you." Allow the Muse to whisper in your ear. What problem are you working on that would benefit from a pause?

Yes please

@Peter Arvidson With pleasure

WHACK! Be Whacky!


One day a new product design team got into a really whacky mood and made fun of their product. they were zany and off-the-wal. The meeting was a great success, and many new ideas were generated. The next week, everybody was in a serious mood and no new ideas were generated. Moral: there's a close relationship between the "aha" of discovery and the "haha" of humor, and being whacky stimulates your creative juices. As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu put it, "As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it." What whacky things can you do to your idea?

Thank you @pearlmanhattan ! I am very late in replying! I will take inspiration from your awesomeness!

That's a good one! Thank you!