Open the box and dump everything out. In other words, regroup. You have a bunch of great ideas but they’re all jumbled inside the box. Get them out and sort them, so you can see clearly what you have.
Decorate the box. See how many ways you can change the box to look like something else. Perhaps you’re stuck with a dull setting. Change the location to add color, interest, and new ways of thinking about the idea. What would Gone with th Wind be like set in Alaska?
Kick the box. Not the bucket, just the box. Does the box go flying away—and good riddance to it? Does the box get a big hole in it that needs fixing? Is the box filled with lead weights that hurt your toe? Does the box like being kicked and keeps coming back for more? The box is a metaphor for ideas, in case that hasn’t kicked you in the head yet.
Demolish the box. Go ahead. Jump on it. Slam it. Run it over with your car. Who needs a box anyway? Do you think J.K. Rowlings had a box where she found Harry Potter? Did Stephanie Meyers keep Edward and Bella in a box? Did Amada Hocking write in a box? Did E.L James hide things away in her box? (That didn’t come out the way I intended…)
Thoughts in box, with blocks, and locks, sir,
Unlock box, our game is done, sir.