As a writer, I have no shortage of ideas.
I know that might seem like an odd thing to say. You might be thinking I must be the luckiest writer in the world to have such an abundance of things to write about. After all, isn’t writers’ block the bane of a writer’s existence?
Is there a writer around that has ever sat down at their computer, or typewriter, or taken their quill and ink in hand and then sat their staring at the screen or a seemingly massive sheet of blank paper, struggling to make their brain come up with some words to put on it?
I can say with absolute certainty that I have had this problem more times than I could ever hope to count.
But it is not because I was short of ideas. That is not what causes writers’ block.
The real cause of writers’ block…
…is that you have forgotten the ideas that you have already had.
You come up with great ideas all the time. By the simple act of living life, you acquire ideas. When you walk down the street, you acquire ideas. When you shampoo your hair in the shower, you acquire ideas. When you are sitting at a red light and the driver behind you honks at you because you have failed to notice it turn green, chances are you were lost in a daydream, thinking about an idea.
You know this is true because it’s happened to you. You’ve been waiting for the elevator and without even trying at all, an amazing idea for an article, or a book, or even a simple phrase has popped into your mind. The idea is so clear and complete you even start writing it in your head. You have the opening planned, you have a pretty good sense of how it would end and then… …the elevator arrives.
Ideas are everywhere, we are never short of them. They come to us without any effort whatsoever, and yet somehow as writers, in spite of this abundance of ideas that we encounter on a daily basis, we all end up inevitably sitting down and staring at our screens, making our brains ache as we desperately try to think of something to write about.
I am writing this article because I forgot what I really wanted to write about
It’s sad, but it’s true. Over the past two days I have had several moments where ideas have hit me that have made me extremely excited. But they came at the wrong moment. I was busy, I had distractions, I was late for a meeting, I was hungry…