Thought for the Day – 26 June 2017
I sat down this morning to write my Flash Fiction story for this week and I had nothing. I mean that literally. I had no ideas at all. I sat thinking for about an hour – still nothing. I started to get frustrated and looked at some of the titles that I’ve thought of previously but not yet written about. None of them spoke to me today – perhaps next week, but not today. My mind wandered away from Flash Fiction and I started to think about the future and what I was going to do with it. I suppose inevitably, that topic led to me thinking about my dream of making my living out of being a writer. Then the word “dream” suddenly struck me as a good title for a Flash Fiction story. So now I had a title and the story was going to be about some guy’s life dream. I started to write, but the story that unraveled had nothing to do with my intended plot. It took on a life of its own and, truthfully, I had no ending. I was writing a story but I didn’t know how it would end. The end only popped into my head once I was writing the third last paragraph. Go figure! The end even surprised me once I got there.
So my thought for today is more of a question:
“Where do new ideas come from?”
Once the question arose, I realized that it applies not only to my attempts to come up with ideas for new stories and plots for them, it also applies to inventions, lyrics and music for new songs, fashion design, new tactics for winning sports events, advertising campaigns, car designs, entrepreneurial ideas for new businesses – the list is endless, just as the new ideas are endless.
I didn’t understand how my story happened this morning and I didn’t plan its content or its ending. It just happened as I was writing it. Hence my thought for today.
If anybody has an explanation, please let me know.