Monday, February 10, 2014
I have a GREAT idea!
One of the funnest places I get my ideas from is from my dreams. I’m one of the lucky few who remember their dreams 90% of the time. I also have very vivid dreams. It’s amazing what your mind can come up with when there is no filter. This can be good or bad, but it’s better to have a lot of material to sort through and choose from than having only a little. I have often had dreams where it had a beginning, plot and ending and all the little details in between. I woke up feeling like I had just watched a movie! I love those nights. I still remember one particular dream I had years ago that was so awesome that I not only remember it, but I have a goal to turn it into a story.
Similarly, daydreaming is a great place to pull ideas from. As one writer, Neil Gaiman said, “When I was your age, people told me not to make things up,' I told them. 'These days, they give me money for it.” You almost have to retrain your brain not to push thoughts out of your head. (except for negative ones of course) Have you ever sat down, with the intention of just letting your mind wander? Would you be able to do it, or would you be like me and struggle not to think of all the things that need to get done? Have you ever talked to someone with A.D.D.? It’s kind of like that in a way. You don’t have to follow any kind of thought path, and it doesn’t have to make sense. By practicing this exercise you can train your brain to let more ideas in.
I also get my ideas from my experiences and the experiences of the people that surround me. This is common, because we pull our thoughts from the things we know. I like to pull my ideas from my kids. It seems like a concentrated area, but if you don’t translate what they say and do literally, you can really pull some fun ideas. And they can help us remember what it’s like to let your imagination go! It can also give a new perspective on common subjects.
One of my favorite sources is spiritual inspiration. I find that when I am looking for an idea or trying to find a way to express one, by getting down on my knees the ideas just seem to come to me. The Lord has quite often opened my mind. There has been many times where I almost felt that I couldn’t take credit for the ideas because of it!
The last one that I wanted to mention is personality. I know this seems like a strange place, but I have met some people that are so fully of personality, that they just make your head spin! Just like Holly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, they ‘always have something smart to say on every subject’. They are ‘better than a radio’. I love to listen to people like that, as long as it’s smart.
There are so many places/people that you can pull ideas and inspiration from. Are there any that I haven’t mentioned that you have? Please share them!
Posted by Syra May