Now you want to force yourself to apply each mechanism to what you’re working on.
For this instance, let’s say my project is creating a theatre play with my friends.
Theatre play + A group of people…thinking…doesn’t give me any ideas.
Theatre play + Moving from location to location…thinking…How about creating a mobile play, where the audience got to move around to different parts of a building to experience the full story, always missing out on something. That’s interesting.
Theatre play + Featuring different acts…thinking…Instead of a linear story, we could make bite-sized acts, like 8 different stories during a 2 hour session. It might not work, but let’s write it down.
And so forth…
Go through each mechanism until your creativity dries out. Then you pick a new phenomenon and rinse repeat. The phenomenon is just a means to an end, so don’t be afraid to toss it in favour of a new one.