As I write this, I’m sitting on my back deck, feeling a cool breeze against my skin, listening to birds chirping in the trees, our air conditioning droning, and cars in the distance. I can see my dog resting on the patio and I’m surrounded by a variety of trees growing in our yard.
When I started writing that paragraph I had no idea where I was going with it. What’s the topic for today?
As I was typing, I was thinking that ideas come from a lot of different places. Some people claim to have muses, others intentionally take in sites, sounds, etc. they know help inspire them. I jot down an idea every day, but when it’s time to write, sometimes nothing on that list jumps out at me. Sometimes, I just have to start and see where I end up.
Stephen King claims that that’s how he writes books. He starts writing, not knowing where the story will go. If you wait for inspiration to strike, you may never write or paint or create music, which is sadly the case for too many people who wait for inspiration to strike.
If you set out without a clear plan you may end up at a dead end or have to take some detours along the way, but if you never set out, you’ll never get anywhere.
You just have to start.
Now go. Get started.