Write Path Ideas & Creativity: Your Idea Path, Episode 1.2

IDEAS & CREATIVITY: EPISODE 1, PART 2

SO, ABOUT ABBY AND HER SWOT LIST

Let's jump back to this episode for a minute, when we discussed Abby and her SWOT list. Remember? (If not, be sure to review and look at your journal notes.) Did you write out your SWOT list too? I hope so, because perhaps you can relate your SWOT to some of the ideas that come next.

How is having lots of ideas swirling about in the brain—fermenting and waiting for their time to bloom—different from Abby having multiple projects started and not finding time to finish them?

It's not different—not really.

Except for one thing.

Ideas are ideas. Projects are projects.

Ideas expect meander. Projects expect to be finished.

Don't fear letting ideas stay in the brain for a while before starting the actual project. Ideas can grow stronger with time. And if they don't, maybe that idea is meant to be set free. Jot down notes. Live with your thoughts. Let your ideas roam about for a while. Do some research if you will. Read topics related to the idea. Watch a movie on the subject.

Consider these exercises pre-writing.

Let your mind drift over the idea long enough to see if the idea warrants a full-bodied story/project.

If so, then dig in. If not, let it go and see if it comes back.

If it does come back, then perhaps you need to listen more closely to your muse—and yourself. Ferment the idea, then finish the project!

Idea farming is not a definitive process. It is not a step-by-step thing. For me, nurturing ideas is free-flowing and swirly—it is never a linear path. And remember, what works for me in the idea-to-story department may not work for you.

The Idea Path belongs to you. Find it.


YOUR TURN—YOUR IDEA PATH

So, think about that now. Respond to the prompts that make sense for you.

  • What are some ideas currently swirling in your brain right now?

Jot them down in your journal. No worries, this isn't a quiz or a test. It's just a place to park some of your current ideas. No commitments, just brainstorming.

  • How do ideas come to you? Are you an (you can choose more than one):

Idea farmer?

Idea attacker?

Idea wanderer?

Idea procrastinator?

Idea fermenter?

Idea magnet?

Idea stealer?

Idea generator?

Idea passer?

Tell me more about your choices.

There are no right or wrong answers—just explore how you gather and nurture ideas, and where you store them once you have them.

  • What is your approach to nurturing and appeasing your ideas once you have them? (What are you currently doing?) How do you collect your ideas? Are you:
Systematic

Random

Circular and swirly

Linear

Organized

Chaotic

Other?

How is all of that working for you? Think about it.

All the above are just fine. It's how you work with your ideas that is important. Learn when to take them and run, when to let them ferment, and when to let them go. Understand that ideas (and timing) can sometimes be fickle. Don't beat yourself up if your ideas do not take wing. Instead, let them fly off, perhaps, to be nurtured by someone else.

Because, honestly, a better idea could be just around the corner.

Ideas are the fuel to your story flame; fodder for your muse. Daydream away and ask yourself "What if..." and "I wonder what would happen..." and encourage your ideas to come out to play.

Allowing "play" is ground zero for nurturing your creativity. And for many, it's also critical to avoiding writer's block. Did you know that creativity and writer's block are stepsisters?

It's true.

More on that notion in Friday's post!


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