Humans like methodologies and there is no shortage of them in the writing world. Of course, a lot of those are drawn from the business world where there’s this almost pathological “need” to have them.
One problem solving methodology that I’m fond of, is Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats. Well, to be honest I’m a bit of a fan of Edward de Bono in general because he’s worked hard at trying to move the way we think and problem solve from antagonistic to collaborative. I think that’s a good thing.
But why do I like the Hats?
It’s easy to jump straight to solutions when considering a problem and optimists usually come up with different solutions to pessimists, so there’s often a bit of conflict around the whole process. The Hats create space for different views and time to look at all the information, before you go to solutions. (Depending on how well the Hats are used, of course.)
Moving out of the day-job world though, I’ve often thought this could be a great tool for tackling world-building and plotting problems, which is why I thought I’d mention it here.
Because it’s a simple and flexible tool, I could see it being easily applied to writing problems. I just haven’t had a situation to do so yet! If you’re interested in trying for yourself, there’s plenty of information online.