Ideas? I haven’t one in my head this morning when it comes to writing this blog post. Coming up short on ideas happens to most writers from time-to-time.
One of the reasons I’m idealess is I’m physically tired.
I’ve been rearranging my home for a roommate – haven’t had one of those in ages and while it isn’t as bad as moving, the cats and I have managed to occupy every possible corner of this space. Which has meant a lot of cleaning as well as emptying one bedroom, including closets. I’m legitimately physically tired (and the extra moving and cleaning has been good for me physically.)
I’m working on a white paper for a new way to mill lumber that, if adopted, could reduce greenhouse gases significantly. I’m excited about that project and want to get to it.
Here, however, is the real reason. This morning I just discovered and downloaded a free ebook by Ken Wilber called Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self-Correction. It’s about 80 pages and I’m half way through. I just want a second cup of coffee and to finish reading.
Another truth is I wanted a break from Wilber’s fascinating and not always easy ideas, so here I am.
Ideas are everywhere
I’ve written about how ideas are literally everywhere. Of course, we’ve got to get present enough to notice them. Here’s what I mean:
Yesterday I was up early enough to see at first light the morning star shining brightly – that’s such a treat. When I couple it with the sound of the birds and the freshness of the air I become almost poetic.
Right now, my two cats are washing each other’s face on the bed. If the bed were made I’d be tempted to take a picture and write about them.
A close girlfriend just called me to ask about a web address for a low-income housing project – I could write about friends, web addresses, or the frustration of finding affordable housing.
I could tell a story about getting a roommate – probably several.
I’m know I could shape each one of those ideas into something about freelance writing – see, it’s easy to do. You just say so.
What I did to generate the idea of ideas
This morning I rather sullenly stared at the screen for several moments and asked myself why I was having trouble coming up with an idea to write about. I told myself the story of being tired, the white paper, and the ebook. I realized running out of ideas is pretty common to writers and my approach to solving it today might be interesting and maybe helpful.
So there you have it.
What do you think? How do you generate ideas when you’re feeling stuck?
Write well and often,