A couple of days ago, my best friend asked me if I could help her with outlining a story that she is working on. And to be honest, I have never been the type to outline my story because I would rather see how things play out, which I know is a bad technique, but whatever. So, I had been thinking and I started texting her what the usual tropes are in that format, what people would like to read and what they could be expecting from the story, and something funny just struck me as soon as I had sent those texts and I just gave her the kind of idea that could work.
She just texted me back telling me that my ideas helped her, and I realized that when you work your way upwards, when you’re brainstorming and putting ideas out there irrespective of whether they’d work, you’re bound to land on something that actually might. It’s a shot in the dark, but hey, at least it’s a start! And it’s even more fun when you are working with somebody who is open to suggestions and is willing to let you have your say, which is always the case when my best friend and I discuss things.
I know that most of us are stuck at home right now and we don’t have the luxury of going out and getting all of our inspiration from the outside world. But when you think about it, the mind is a wonderful place and you never know what might hit you along the way. Inspiration may not come so easily to any of us right now, but remember that you can always work something out if you keep a mind open enough. And you never know, you might just come up with something that could surprise you!
Almost a year back, I wrote a post about the concept of Brain Dump (you can check it out if you’d like to), and in the last year, since I have been writing every single day, I have felt very out of it on a lot of occasions because thinking about something new every day is a huge task for someone who isn’t very consistent otherwise. I’ve tried to spill every single one of my current ideas into paper whenever I’ve felt like I had nothing to work on, and surprisingly, it works.
I don’t know if any of you are going through a creative block right now. It doesn’t even have to be a creative block; it could be you trying to figure out the best way to do something. And no matter what it is that you’re trying to do, there is a very simple way to go about it. Over time, I have realized that when you keep it in mind that ‘It is unexpectedly easy to get what is supposed to difficult to find,’ you start asking yourself the better questions. The right questions.
And when you start asking yourself the right questions, your head is a lot more clear than it ever is when you’re throwing all kinds of ideas around randomly, hoping to miraculously land on just one. I can’t promise you that this is always going to work because you can’t take the same route twice and expect to reach a different place. But I can assure you that you’ll get further than you expect when you start brainstorming with yourself. And remember to keep yourself open to all those ideas because you never know which one might just work.
Then again, when you know you’ve struck gold, your brain will go ‘Eureka!’ for sure and it will just feel right. I don’t know how else to put it. Keep trying, won’t you?
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