There is no limit to ideas. You can have a dozen ideas in a day – some of them will be good, some not so good and several will possibly be crazy. If you are a writer, you tend to pour time and energy into every idea that strikes you. However, you need to be judicious about which ideas to nurture – while some should remain at the status of the passing thought that they were when they struck you, there are a few ideas that can really change everything for you.
Then there’s the matter of form. Sometimes you have an idea that you believe is really good but leaves you confused about its potential – should it be a screenplay, a book? Or just a blog post? Because ideas don’t come with a form and you need to think them through logically before investing time in them. Don’t begin a screenplay or a book on every idea you get – write an outline and see where it takes you. The idea will slowly reveal its form, the natural one. Don’t be upset if it eventually turns out that there’s nothing much to explore here and you are compelled to abandon it at a later stage. Give it up with grace and wait for the golden idea.
The golden idea will come to you in disguise. It will be modest and not lead you to high expectations. It will slowly become your companion; it will first win your trust and then you will realize that it is not asking much of you but has, indeed, come to give you everything you want. It is full in its form and won’t confuse you. Once you start writing, it will gradually reveal itself to you. It will take hold of your mind and will just flow. You won’t have time to count pages or words, not even coffee cups! And after it has made you a channel for its existence, it will give you more ideas to fulfill its destiny. Things will just flow. The golden idea will change you forever.
The best thing about the golden idea is that is it comes to paint magic in everyone’s life – all you need to do is tap into it by giving every idea a chance. Of all these, the golden idea will be the one you’ll fall in love with and the writing will go on.
Harry Potter was J. K. ROWLING’S Golden idea. What’s yours?