Sometimes I think I will never have another idea for another novel or story or poem once I finish this project. I understand this is a common thought among new writers. But a lack of ideas is not possible for writers or any creative artist, unless you wallow in your doubts and fears.
Have you ever noticed that when you are writing your mind begins to explore and more ideas follow? Creativity is like you body, it needs exercise. Unfortunately, I can go for long periods of time without writing anything, so I really notice that when I do get back on track, the ideas just begin to flow, and I write more and more. For me, the trick is creating time to write. I get so caught up in other life stuff that I don’t get to it every day. I need to stop allowing that and make a promise to myself to carve out writing time, no matter what. I know writers who work on their projects late at night or early in the morning (I do that on occasion) and they are prolific writers. Then I see tweets from other writers who worry about the same thing as I do — will they ever have another idea?
Well, I think the amount of ideas you have is directly related to the amount of writing you do. These prolific writers never seem to run out of ideas. Creativity need exercise. Case in point — this blog post. I started with a kernel of an idea about 8 minutes ago, thinking I would finish this by tomorrow (Friday) and now I am up to 272 words. I wrote almost 1200 words yesterday in a couple of hours. So, exercise pays off.
Now I do have to keep up with household and life things, but the lessons of creating time to create are well-learned. In addition to the creative muscle getting stronger and more prolific, those endorphins kick in too and create happiness within. Just like physical exercise. Hmmm. Could be on to something here?
More writing equals more creativity. Let creativity overflow!
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