YOU GET IDEAS FROM DAYDREAMING.
YOU GET IDEAS FROM BEING BORED.
YOU GET IDEAS ALL THE TIME.
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITERS
AND OTHER PEOPLE IS WE NOTICE
WHEN WE'RE DOING IT.
I would have to add the same is true for any artist, inventor or entrepreneur. It's in the taking of the idea and the running with it where we often let ourselves down. How many times have we said to ourselves "Oh, now, that's a good idea" but instead of writing it down - on a post-it note or on the white board hanging on the refrigerator or on the backs of our hands - our minds drift to grocery lists and errands? Or, how many times have we had the idea, but then dismissed it with a "Nah, that's been done before" or a "No, that's silly" and a shake of the head?
Of course, it doesn't mean that all of our ideas are good ones. I cringe when I think about the pages and pages of weirdness all over my office. But you know what? I actually want to weep when I think about all the ideas, dreams, scenarios, bits of dialogue, and quirky people I didn't jot down or I dismissed with an "I couldn't pull that idea/story/character off." And I think I'd rather cringe than weep.
Let's make a special point to notice our ideas and thoughts this week. And let's make an extra special point to make a note of them, some how, some way.