The Genesis of an Idea


I needed me an idea.  For this very blog post that you're reading, in fact.

I have been posting on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule and that works well for me.  Doesn't seem to be too overwhelming for readers and it's not so far apart that you'll forget about me.  Usually, I have an idea in mind for my next blog post a day or two ahead, allowing it to compost in my subconscious.

But this time I didn't.

Which was somewhat embarrassing, seeing as how I just announced a class on ideas and people have started signing up for it.


But then I realized I could follow my own advice.  And so I did.  And here's what I did:

1.  Set an intention that I would find an idea.  I saw myself coming up with an idea.

2.  Filled the well.  I went looking for an idea, intention tucked firmly into my mind.

3.  Acted as if I had an idea.  I came back to this page and started writing.  And guess what?  It turned out that I did have an idea….about ideas.

And now you're reading the blog post that resulted.

This is but one idea in a class full of them.  To find out more, click on the page about the class.  And, please comment.  I'd love to hear how you cultivate ideas.  What do you do when you need an idea?

Create a successful, inspired writing life:  Apply the three-step process above to your search for an idea.  (And come back here and report how it worked for you.)

Photograph by rolve.

2 Responses to The Genesis of an Idea

  1. TeacherWriter Suzanne Lilly 03/12/2012 at 05:38 #

    I love the honesty of your post, Charlotte. It made me smile, because I think we’ve all been in the situation where we don’t have an idea, but we need one for a deadline. To find new ideas, I flip through the stacks of magazines I always have available, or flip through the myriad of books on the writing craft. If that fails, I watch a movie. Before I start, I tell myself I’m going to find an idea. So far, it’s always worked.

  2. Charlotte Dixon 03/12/2012 at 08:30 #

    I love magazines, too, Suzanne. And what a great idea to flip through them for ideas. Setting the intention is also key. Thanks for stopping by!

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