USE YOUR IMAGINATION
NOT TO SCARE YOURSELF
TO INSPIRE YOURSELF
Someone once told me that our best quality is often also our worst one. I don't know how true that is for everyone but it certainly is for me. My imagination has always been one of my better attributes. But somewhere along the line, it veered off a wholesome path full of unicorns and fairy dust, and into some gnarly woods where hideous creatures scuttle beneath thorny, poisonous bushes.
Now, while that's all well and good for writing, it's not so great for living. Seriously, sometimes I'm surprised I manage to leave the house. When your imagination enjoys poking a stick into the darkest shadows to see what comes lunging out, you learn to duck, and then ultimately, to stay down.
I need to remind my imagination about some of those old paths, the ones that aren't so dark, the ones where the twists and turns lead to something good. Maybe the unicorns and fairy dust are gone, but the sunshine and cool breezes aren't.
If your imagination often holds you hostage in a deep, dark place (um, see what I mean?) then start negotiating with it - one worst case scenario for two best cases, a creepy thought for two positive ones, etc. The stories I need to tell might live in those wild woods...but that doesn't mean I have to. Not anymore. Oh, I'll still visit - someone has to hunt down those horror stories - but I'll be bringing the biggest flashlight I can find. And extra batteries.