Marnie has 31 ideas.
March has 31 days.
Today is the first of March.
And that is how simple the idea happened to be.
Ok, maybe it was a bit more complicated than that. (And there was some Shakespear in there, too)
It was an idea I had requiring me to act on ideas I’ve had lately.
You see, a couple of weeks ago Jay and I were talking over a few bottles glasses of wine. The conversation meandered and wound through many subjects, but it eventually ended with Jay saying, “You know me. You know what I like. Write something for me. Write something I would like to read.”
Gulp. Cue the Law and Order “Bum – Bum” sound.
So over the next several days the wheels turned and I generated idea after idea.
And none of them were any good. Well, maybe they were ok. But they weren’t knock-his-socks-off good…Or at least I hoped I would come up with something better. Something I could get excited about.
But before I knew it I had 28 ideas. This morning, once I realized it was March 1st, I decided to flesh it out a bit and make it 31… and commit to flesh out one idea for each day of the month. I mean, how can I judge what something is going to be from the genesis of the idea? There is so much more to it than the seed – just look at every plant.
So I am going to pick one of the 31 ideas and write at least 600 words about each of them – and we will see where they lead me.
Why is this one my first post?
Because the fact of the matter is I am a procrastinator. I procrastinate out of fear – whether that fear is of failure or success does not matter. I need to make a commitment to someone. Someone that isn’t me. Because I am not good at keeping commitments to myself. Something that has been a bit of an issue in my life and that I am looking to correct. But I am good at keeping them to others.
What kind of ideas have I had?
Well, they do run the gamut from pure fiction (something I am trying to learn to write) to ideas for my kids, my home, opinion pieces (although I am trying to dial that back) and anything else that ran through my mind over the last couple of weeks.
See, I don’t want to leave half-baked ideas in a notebook. I want to flesh them out and find out where they take me.
I have discovered writing is a lot like reading… you pick it up with a certain anticipation thinking it was going one way. But just like reading a good book, writing doesn’t necessarily take you where you thought it would. Generally speaking, it takes you far beyond – and sometimes even in a completely different direction than – where you thought you were going to go when you started.
I wonder where this is going to take me…
If anyone wants to try their hand at any of these, please feel free. I am always interested in seeing how an idea changes when it goes through someone else’s mind and thought patterns. Almost every time I have seen two people write on the same topic, the individuality and point of view has been fascinating. I would love to find out what yours is.