I’ll be completely honest, I have difficulty figuring out what to write about at times. Usually most of the time. Where some people think that every idea that comes to mind is fantastic or a winner, I am on the opposite end of the spectrum. If you are like me, you’ve thought of an idea, only to quickly dismiss it because you think that it’s a dumb idea that no one would like. When you finally do come up with an idea you find truly unique, no one else likes it. Eventually, you see someone came up with an idea just like one you originally thought was dumb. Maybe I just wasn’t creative enough.
I finally stumbled across something. Creativity isn’t always making something brand new that no one has ever heard or seen before. Sometimes it’s just seeing the value in the weird thoughts that pop up into your head. What may seem trivial to me is actually important to others. To me, the idea is just a brief thought that crosses my mind. So, when I think about it, I don’t really see why someone else would care about it. After all, if it was so important, wouldn’t I have thought of it a long time ago? What I don’t think about is that someone else might have been pondering that same idea/question for days or weeks. Sometimes I just thought I wouldn’t be able to expand on the idea enough.
I’m not sure what brought it about, but one day I just decided that maybe I should try to create a post out of the next thought that crossed my mind that I spent a couple minutes thinking about. Then it just became write down any ideas I got. I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go, and I have notepads and pens scattered throughout my apartment for any ideas I get. I’m not even kidding. I have a notepad on my desk, next to my bed, and in the kitchen. I also keep markers in the shower to use to help me remember ideas until I’m dry enough to get to a notepad. This is also just helpful to keep track of anything that I might need to remember as sometimes I get thoughts popping up in my head when I go to sleep, or even in the shower.
Once I decided to start keeping track of these ideas and seeing where lied the value, I suddenly had much more to write about. What was once a question I asked myself in the shower (and wrote on the wall) became a blog post. That idea that comes while I’m cleaning my apartment? Yeah that becomes a post too.
It taught me that sometimes we are already creative, but we just need to recognize it in ourselves. Do we sometimes have bad ideas? Yeah, but sometimes the results of said bad ideas can spur new ideas, making that original bad idea not so bad after all. It’s also just the practice of being receptive to ideas and practice bringing them to fruition. What’s funny too is sometimes I get an idea for a topic, and while I may have difficulty writing about it in one way, I realize I can tweak the topic a bit and come up with something that works better for me.
I agree that being critical of our ideas is important because we do need to be somewhat grounded in reality, but sometimes we let that criticism extinguish any flame of creativity we actually have. Sometimes we just need to let go of the criticism to an extent that seems uncomfortable. Only then can we start to find good ideas and then bring back a healthy, constructive criticism that results in creations that people can enjoy. It’s all in finding a balance.
While this has helped me, I still have a long way to go. Does anybody else have to work on this too?