Are you out of Ideas?

This post is second in a series about using writing prompts to improve your writing, or to reach non-writing goals. The first post is here.

The next prompt in The Writers IdeaBook is to write about a time where you were feeling a bit creative. The idea is to recapture that creative flow and let that writing lead you somewhere creative again.

Reading this today caught my attention because of a recent blog post I read from Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. Scott talks about how so many time fillers in our lives, including TV, video games, new blockbuster movies every weekend, and social networking like FaceBook have conspired to take away our boredom to the extent that we no longer have time to be creative.

When I read that, I realized that my most creative time was usually when I was driving my car with the radio off. What about you? Think about it for a minute. When was the last time you were bored, and just thought about random stuff? More importantly, when was the last time you took time to be creative?

Yes, this involves some writing, even for the non-writers. Think about the last time you had some creative ideas, about anything. Be specific. Think about where you were. The sounds, the sights, the smells.

Were you by the pool, smelling the sunscreen, feeling the warmth of the sun and hearing the splashing noises the kids were making? Were you at Starbucks, taking in the aroma of fresh roast coffee and listing to customers struggle with the difference between tall and grande?

What were you thinking about?

What ideas came to your head?

What ideas are coming now?

Are you writing them down?

Maybe if you aren’t having any good ideas, you aren’t letting yourself get bored enough.

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