Ideation the first step in writing

Are we doing justice to ideas? 

A couple of weeks ago I told you how to concentrate on writing one thing at a time. That was preceded by a post on where I go to get inspired to write. Each of these topics had to do with the primary thing in writing – ideas. Without them there’d be nothing to write or talk about. Ideas are the crux of writing, the nucleus. 

Aside being the birth point of pieces ideas are also what keeps them on track. 

The question is – how do we encounter ideas? Do they just appear from no where? Is there a process through which we can make the best use of them? And do we do justice to the ideas that Mr. Muse spreads our way? 

I seek to briefly write about these in this post. 

First off it would be great if you read this article about generating writing ideas (if you haven’t already) before this one. 

Now let’s delve into it. 

Tiny pieces of thoughts that stand out on top in our thoughts, words or conversations birth our ideas concerning every life issue. It is through such that we build our ideologies. Everything we say, think or do and understand form part of our ideas. 

As writers unlike other people those snippets of thoughts are our raw materials with which we create our written masterpieces. 

There is no long story about how ideas are birthed. They are simply caught as we wade through life on a daily basis. We writers believe they are automatically encountered baring on some other encounter(s). The major thing is how they are treated. For as we walk, talk, eat and do every other of our daily tasks we are gathering tons of ideas.

The problem is that as creative people we are constantly at loggerheads with different clashing ideas. We often times feel we are not doing justice to the alternative idea we forgo in order to write on the one we wrote about. This guilt often drives us to write on the other topic(s) after finishing up with the first choice but we often times never exhaust the list. This increases our guilt. We feel these beautiful ideas have decided to come our way and we didn’t give them time.

I thought I was the only one who feels like this until I brought it up in a conversation with other writers. We all face the guilt of abandoned ideas. 

Is there a way out of this? 

Yes, instead of beating ourselves as a result of isolated guilt we can do justice to these ideas by simply seeing the ones we choose through. By polishing them into the best we can make of them. 

So now the ball is in your court my dear reader do justice to your writing ideas by writing your pen dry. Go!

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