IDEAS! IDEAS! IDEAS!

Got any good ideas?

Ideas? What about them? How are you going to discuss ideas?

Well, imaginary reader voice, I always feel like there are small yet important issues, ones often overlooked by most, which are thrown aside as being akin to common knowledge or whatnot. I think the concept of ideas needs a good talking about, if you ask me. If you didn’t ask me, I don’t care. Ideas are one of these things.

For me there are two issues I seem to have at any given moment:

  1. Too many ideas or
  2. too few.

Both of these can present a problem to anyone, let alone someone who leans towards more creative ventures.

Let’s face it, ideas are important to have, and there are things to consider and think about when it comes to ideas. So, what am I going to do here? I’m going to start with where ideas come from. Then I’ll discuss what to do if you have too many. Lastly, I’ll talk about what to do if you don’t have any. If you’re wondering why, let’s just say that an idea struck me and I decided to go with it.

 

Where do ideas come from?

When a mommy and daddy idea love each other A LOT they get together and a stork comes cradling an infant idea wrapped in swaddling.

Seriously though. Um… Your brain? What do you want? No, I kid.

Typically, the only place you get ideas from is your life. I honestly can’t think of a better source or any others, for that matter. Your life is the wellspring of whatever you want to work on, even the style you are going to work on it with, and I mean this. I can guarantee Picasso went through a blue phase in both his art and his life. Whatever happens to you will impact your ideas.

This also goes along with the adage, “Write what you know.” You could argue that certain things like science fiction or fantasy don’t follow this, but if you’re writing people or humanoids in situations, you’re more than likely basing it off of your reality. Besides, how do you write what you don’t know? Don’t answer that.

Equally so, when producing visual arts, you base it off of what you know and see. Whether that’s nature or various geometric shapes that you may or may not tweak etc. Or it could be something you read about as well.

I digress. Now, moving on.

 

Have too many? What do?

Sell them? I’m sure you could make a profit from an overabundance of ideas, abstract as some of them are sure to be. Then you could take that profit and turn it into a principal investment. Are you familiar with stocks and bonds? Dividends? I don’t know what I’m talking about anymore.

Again, something resembling humor.

The truth is once life gives you those lemons, you should do something with them even if it’s only to squeeze it in someone’s eyes, but please don’t do that. Now, it’s not mandatory that you take action, but I would encourage it as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.

The first thing I’d recommend doing when your head is swimming with ideas is to jot them all down. You don’t need to have any order to them unless you want to. Just get them out there, make them one step closer to existing. See them.

Once they’re visible, discern which are keepers and which are not. This can depend on you when making this decision. Most importantly, what are your intentions? Do you want ideas to make money? Do you want something you can do that would be good for you? Not that those two concepts are mutually exclusive, they tend to be, is all.

Once you’ve decided what ideas you want to pursue, you need to put them in the order of which you want to do going first, which is most important to you, followed by those that you think can wait or possibly be discarded as well. This requires further discernment. Then you go to it, tackling each one as you finish the one before them. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of things.

 

Not Enough? I Know That Feel.

We’ve all been there, one way or another, in an idea draught or famine or other natural disaster where people are without something. This is a frustrating dilemma to be in, especially if you need an idea for work you are being paid to do.

I only have one recommendation for this: live. Stop trying to create, give yourself some space to breathe, and then do something unrelated to what you’re trying to do. That is, if you can afford to do so.

I’m not saying you need to risk your life and do something like skydiving. You don’t even have to fall in love for inspiration. Do chores or see a movie, for instance. This is similar to what I mentioned previously in this piece. Live! Everyone has to do it, and it’s the best muse you can have. I may be a bit biased, what with the whole being a nonfiction writer and all, but it’s a truth I’ve stuck to since I’ve started this crazy adventure. Writing.

Other options for those with deadlines include: Go for a (long) walk. Exercising is also helpful. Physical activity! These things help with creativity immensely. I know a lot of people have an aversion to these suggestions, but they do help. Studies have even shown a correlation between walking and creativity. Just look at this article published by Stanford University http://stanford.io/2393pff.

 

 

Concluding thoughts. Ideas?

I’d wish you all the best of luck with your ideas, but some of you may be competition for me. So, I hope you don’t fail miserably? Is that ok to say?

Anyway, Ideas are, as I said before, important to have. They’re important for literally everyone. I hope that this has helped you in some way, even if only as a form of amusement.

 

All the best,

Nathan

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