“If I wait for the genius to come, it just doesn't arrive.” – Ian Fleming, Born May 28, 1908.
I am going to tell you something right now. When I tell you, you're going to know it to be true. And you can research it and prove that it's universally true as well.
First, no writer (or any kind of artist) is ever happy with what they ended up with, if it is beloved and popular.
Because it probably wasn't what they meant to do. And somehow, they were accidentally visited by that magical muse or mojo fairy that makes whatever it is catch on with the public like viral wildfire on crack and steroids with ADHD.
That makes some arty types resentful. Because we would prefer to be able to perfectly execute our pristine vision and have people love THAT. But it never happens.
But, do not despair, you artistic souls out there reading this…
It's also a certainty that the works of yours that you personally love the most will be accidents. They will arrive like a bolt of lightning, sudden and powerful. You won't remember thinking of them.
They will come into existence as a combination of planning and forethought mixed with a happy little accident that took things to an even better place you couldn't have thought of before if you spent a million years plotting.
To take it back to what James Bond's daddy said in the quotation…
Both the popular favorites, and the secret prides, come from the rogue genius of the fickle muse. But if you aren't WORKING when she pops in to cut you a rail of sweet white Bolivian inspiration, then it doesn't do anything.
If you wait, it never happens.
If you work, it sometimes happens. And it will happen more often the more that you work.
Look, imagine a simple six sided die like you've rolled in a million games. What will make you roll a six faster: trying to plan how to roll a six… Or just starting to roll it again and again?
Are you waiting for a good idea?
<!—- lagniappe Look, sometimes it’s just not possible to sit down and write actual readable content for others to consume. I know this. I publish some every day, but I certainly don’t write it every single day. But I do WRITE every single day. Here is a list of some of the other things I write when I can’t or won’t work on the usual expected stuff. These are still places the fickle muse can poke her head in and help out. 1. List of content ideas. Usually problem focused. This is just a text file full of single sentence descriptions. 2. List of product ideas. Any of the problems above where a solution could be delivered inside an hour long training. Here I break the core idea down into sub ideas to develop into a training. 3. List of stuff that caught my eye but isn’t an idea yet. This is just clipped from stuff I am reading or noted from stuff I am watching. It may become a more formed idea, but all I know for now is that it sparked a reaction of some kind, so I note it down. 4. List of non-work ideas. Stuff that isn’t about work, but gets caught in the brain and is taking up space. Recipes, home projects, crafts, whatever. Stuff that you write down just to keep the pipes clear. Write it down, let it go, you can come back to it later. 5. Side writing project. Novels. Stories. Poems. I write material for tabletop role playing games I run for work buddies. Just stuff that is busy, and uses the same brain muscles, but lets me take a break from thinking of work. That’s it. That’s how you stay in top writing shape even if you’re not being productive at this exact moment. You’re also building up large reservoirs of inspiration so that the next time you have the blank page blues, you pull up an idea list until you catch a spark and then get to work developing it. Nothing feels better than stealing an idea from yourself and making it into something worth sharing. Try it! —->