So I’ve been thinking a lot about imagination this morning.
I was reading this blog post on the winner’s of Janice Hardy’s weekly contest. This one just happened to be themed on “Story Ideas”. And while the winners were randomly chosen, they were terrific, and I found myself wishing I had come up with them.
You see, there’s a problem I have with imagination. I don’t have any. Yes, I consider myself a writer. I think I’m good at writing. What I am not good at is generating ideas. I don’t even care if they’re original ideas – I just want ideas. Any ideas.
People make assumptions about writers, thinking that we’re always walking around with a million stories in our head. I’m sure that’s true for some of you. I desperately wish I could get to that place, but for whatever reason I have some sort of block. It has always been a problem. I have books upon books of writing prompts, story starters, “inspiring exercises” and what not, and while I really should use them more often, I still resent having to. I want to to come up with ideas on my own.
Alas, I have a hard time. I’m not sure why, as I was quite imaginitive as a child! Regardless, I’ve decided this needs to be one of my goals – developing my imagination. While it’s good to have a quantitative goal (1000 words a day towards my novel), a qualitative one is good too.
There are some good thoughts at Mind Hacks, and they’re correct in that I need to ask “Why?” more and stop answering myself with “Because”. Or maybe what I need to work on more specifically is how to generate ideas, I’m not sure. There’s an issue there, regardless, so if anyone has any tips, feel free to drop them in the comments!