Dancing to Ideas
March 12, 2014 38 Comments
It’s worse than a writer’s block because with that, you can at least skip ahead. There’s nothing to skip ahead to if you’re idea-less.
“We are here, we are here, we are here…”
Sometimes you can just feel it, can’t you?
I talk out loud.
And I’ve yelled.
It’s humbling, but true. I imagine myself standing before the heads of Universal or Disney Studios and I’ve got five minutes (I’m generous) to pitch them my idea.
I might not yet have an idea to believe in, but I believe that I will find one.
I’ve found several this way.
When I worked in retail, I would often disappear to the shipping room when it was empty and I would plot my book out loud, pacing, lost in my imagination.
“So this guy Robbie,” I would say, “he wants to be a good father and husband, like most men do. That’s relatable. But something keeps him from that. I want there to be action, but not much action happens in today’s reality… so he finds a fantasy world! In a… wardrobe! No, on a star! No. In a… in a…” I glance around the shipping room and I notice that I’m surrounded by – “In a box!”
Thus, The Man in the Box was born.
Working from home makes it really easy to do this on a regular basis. And if you are stuck in a creative rut, I encourage you to give this a try. Crank up some Fun., or Owl City, or Delta Rae on the ipad and dance.
Yes. Just start dancing. Let your body go. It sounds zen-like, but just release the stress of everyday life. The last thing you want weighing you down when you’re trying to be creative is the rock-hard facts of life that your readers are looking to escape from.
And then ask yourself later, What did I talk about? Anything interesting? Jot it down.
And keep writing.
And then get yourself a birthday cake for your idea’s birthday.
How do you come up with ideas?
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