It’s one thing to decide to write a book. It’s another to determine which book to write. You might have a folder bursting with ideas that, considered in the light of a new day, no longer hold you in their thrall. Or perhaps, like me, you jotted a quick note only to gaze at it in puzzlement six months later. What does “walk with the clowns” mean, anyway?
Maybe you have an idea for an amazing book you know will become a best-seller, except it just came out with someone else’s name on the cover. Or a burning story idea about red-headed penguins hits you just as top industry professionals predict the demise of the entire red-headed penguin genre.
What’s a writer to do? All of the above is enough to stymie anyone’s artistic sensibilities. You might as well take up bird watching or tap dancing or maybe even ziplining.
Wait a minute.
What if, instead of trying so hard to come up with an idea worth writing about, you rode your bike around a lake, went hang gliding, broke out your hiking boots, or read every book ever written by that author who inspires you most?
As writers, we’re wired to observe life; but we should never mistake observing for living. New experiences can trigger ideas and infuse freshness into writing. Give yourself room to breathe and you might just face a new dilemma.
Which exciting idea should you develop next?
Have you ever found inspiration when you least expected it?