[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The creation of a new idea isn't always the result of an epiphany. Many ideas are formed through a deliberative, refined process beginning with several 'rough' ideas and ending with a polished finished product. There are several methods one can use to help create that finalized idea. Using these methods and throughout the creation process, it's important not to overlook other matters, such as what will happen to your new idea. Being proactive through intellectual property law can help protect your soon-to-be idea through patents, trademarks, and copyrights. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help you safeguard your hard work.  Call 888-517-9888 for a free intellectual property consultation. Think positive Self-doubt can sabotage any attempts at creative inspiration. "Knowing" that your desired outcome is just around the corner can help you focus and find the answers you are searching for. Start with 'why', not 'what' or 'how' "What" you are trying to achieve and "how" you are going to achieve will be a destructive cycle without understanding "why" you are trying to achieve. If you want to build a better mousetrap, understanding why you want to build a better mousetrap can guide the creative process towards your goal. If your goal is to save animals, you can focus on what and how to create a better mousetrap that accomplishes that goal. Limit familiarity Thinking outside the box is a cliche, but it's a cliche for a reason. A change of scenery, process, or materials can lead to an idea you wouldn't ordinarily think of. Take notes Thoughts can be fleeting. If you think of something, write it down before you forget! Follow the most promising path Brainstorming can lead to several answers to the questions of why, what, and how. Sort those answers into which can best accomplish what you're trying to. Having 'backups' can also drive further innovation. Don’t give up Negative thinking can lead to negative outcomes. If you're thinking about giving up, you're not thinking about a solution. Keep at it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]