Have you noticed how ideas tend to pop into your head totally unbidden? A great idea may come to you when you’re in the shower or in bed, but when you sit with your pencil and intentionally try to come up with one your mind is blank. This is why I emphasize having a notebook or sketchbook handy, so that if an idea comes, grab it!!
There is the saying too, that if you don’t pay attention, these creative moments or ideas that come your way may stop coming at all. The creative muse says “hey, I’ve told you lots of times and you keep ignoring me, so I’m not going to bother anymore”. On the other hand, if you are aware and respond to creative insights, more will come your way.
This actually happened to me with a lot of these blogposts. I had one idea for a blogpost while I was painting, then another and another and in about 15 minutes I loosely sketched out 16 blogposts. And that was that. No more ideas for blogs for weeks after that. I’m still working from those original notes, hoping that at another point I will be visited again by the blogpost fairy to give me another 16 ideas.
I recently started the fourth book of the Harry Potter series and was reading on the back inside flap that “the idea for Harry Potter occurred to J.K. Rowling on the train from Manchester to London, where she says Harry Potter ‘just strolled into my head fully formed’, and by the time she had arrived at King’s Cross, many of the characters had taken shape.” Think if Rowling had not been paying attention to her creative muse and had not used the ideas that came to her – history would have been changed, many bookstores may have gone out of business!
So catch an idea when it comes. Don’t just trust you’re going to remember it!! If you don’t have a paper or pencil with you, make sure you get one as soon as possible. Once in a creative flow, try to follow it to the end because you don’t know when it will come back. This is not to be taken lightly! Your future is in the hands of your muse.