Have you ever pondered how ideas come to you? I tend to get ideas at the strangest times. It is almost as if an entire story or blog post will write itself in my head. If I can stop what I am doing and write it all down, then the words flow and I am totally in the zone. However, I find that if I do not act upon them quickly enough, they go away!
Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Big Magic, “Ideas have no material body but they do have consciousness, and they most certainly have a will. Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest. And the only way an idea can be made manifest in our world is through collaboration with a human partner.”
That certainly is an interesting thought! Ms. Gilbert goes on to explain that if the chosen human is not receptive to the idea at the time it visits, it will seek someone else.
I am not sure that I see ideas in quite the same way as Ms. Gilbert, but I do find myself thinking about this whenever an idea happens to find me. I try to be receptive and at least take a few minutes to begin the writing process in hopes that I capture its essence. That way, when I come back to it, it is still there, waiting to be fully drafted and revised.
I know that it isn’t always possible to stop everything and tend to ideas, but I am making more of an effort to do so. Who knows, maybe doing that will pave the way for more ideas to come my way.