Day 165: How Do We Decide What We’re Going to Write

Some days, we are flooded with inspiration.  Everything we see, hear, or read gives us an idea for our next writing project.  Other days, we can’t even buy an ounce of inspiration.  Everything feels like it’s been done before, written to death, or is just plain stupid.  Sometimes the things that inspire us just come out of the blue.  For example, the other day I saw a news tidbit flash on my EchoShow and it sent my brain into overdrive with ideas for a new project.  The article was about the fact that they had found dinosaur tracks in a Civil War battleground.  My mind started fashioning a story about the Confederacy and the Union joining forces to battle, you guessed it, dinosaurs.  Then, I thought, what about dragons that were awakened by the blood that had been spilled on this particular battlefield?  Then today, as I was heading to a doctor’s appointment, I noticed a curb that had been damaged and it looked like giant claw marks…you know, like a dragon would make.  So, maybe there’s a dragon story or book in my future.  Right now, it’s just percolating and becoming whatever it wants to be.  Maybe it will become something great or it will continue to morph into something a little or a lot different than what it is now.  I’ll just have to wait to see where it leads me.  Ideas like these get me all fired up and excited about creating.  It might lead absolutely nowhere but even if that’s true, it got me excited and got my brain working overtime.  It gave it some exercise which can only bulk up my creative muscles.  And we all need that as often as we can get it.  My best advice to foster creative muscle flexing is to pay attention to everything…your surroundings, the news, magazine articles, overheard conversations, etc…  You might just be surprised at what grabs hold of you and becomes your next project.      


About Donna Heilman

I am a writer that lives in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex with my husband, 2 dogs, and 10 cats. I am currently working on my novel, Rapture, as well as writing poetry and some short non-fiction. I am honestly writing this blog to feel more connected with other creative people.
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