This approach uses random words to generate ideas, but adds a different flavour to the random words selected by adding the suffix "less" to them. Eg: Station becomes station-less, bump becomes bump-less, cynical becomes cynical-less, etc.
If I'm looking for ideas on the subject of...my garden and I use the random word apparatus in the normal way to generate an idea, this might suggest an idea such as:
Get some apparatus for the garden - like seats, a swing etc.
However, if I add the less suffix to apparatus I get apparatus-less, which gives a different flavour and might suggest an idea such as:
Make an inventory of our garden tools and note what tools are missing.
More Examples for the Garden Subject
The word sane-less could suggest the idea:
Use "crazy" plants in the garden; grow plants that are very unusual.
The word junkyard-less could suggest the idea:
Don't bin dead wood in spring. Instead, use it to make sculptures and rustic furniture.
Idea: Have no individual pieces or areas in the garden. Just have a lawn and nothing else.
Limit the amount of time you spend working on the garden.See how much you can achieve with minimum effort.
Using the X-less Word as though it's a Verb.
I can treat the X-less word as though it's a verb. The word amateur treated as a verb and used normally as a random word would read as:
Do...amateur the garden.
This might suggest ideas about doing my best gardening as an amateur and entering competitions etc. But with a less suffix:
Do...amateur-less the garden.
I might get ideas about getting a professional in to do the garden.
Make it Known as "the X-less"
Another way to do this approach is to insert the X-less word into this sentence:
Make it known as "the X-less", (where the it is the subject (the garden, in this case)).
Using the word contrast-less, I want my garden to be known as "the contrast-less". How would I do that? What ideas are suggested? Possible idea:
Make my garden similar to other gardens in the area; get inspiration from other gardens.
The word noise-less creates the sentence: Make it known as "the noise-less". Possible idea:
Design the garden so it absorbs as much noise as possible. Have a noise-free area.
When It's Difficult to Think of an Idea from the X-less Word
Sometimes thinking of an idea using the X-less word is difficult. So I ask this question:
What's an idea about the subject that is as great a distance as possible from the meaning of X?
So if, for example, I'm thinking of ideas for the garden and get the word weapon to form weapon-less but can't think of an idea, I insert the word weapon into the sentence shown above, thus:
What's an idea about the garden that is as great a distance as possible from the meaning of weapon?
Maybe: Make a peace garden. Do a topiary tank. Make sure there are no invasive species.
I've found that these X-less words can also be good for busting assumptions. For example, with host-less , I might bust the assumption that we look after the garden ourselves. Maybe it could be made into a communal garden?
Or, alternatively, I might think of an idea that itself leads to the busting of an assumption. Eg, One-less gives the idea that you team up with a neighbour and get the same work done by a contractor at a lower cost. The assumption busted is that you only pay for work to be done on your own garden.
Sources of Random Words
Random Word Generator
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