We all have dumb ideas sometimes… some of us more often than others. Sometimes I’m several paragraphs into something before I realize that what seemed like such a great idea at 2 a.m. after a glass of wine maybe wasn’t the brilliant inspiration it seemed like. Sometimes that realization takes several pages. Or chapters.
Sometimes stupid ideas aren’t as stupid as they seem. Susie Yakowicz points this out in an article, Stupid Ideas Can Be Smart Topics for Freelance Writers. The article reminds us that sometimes ordinary things can provide the inspiration. It reminds me of something my husband often says, “It’s not the hammer; it’s the carpenter.” (Sorry that I don’t know the author of this quote). A good writer needs a good topic; a great writer (or a lucky one) can write about anything and make it interesting.
Take a moment to write about something ordinary today. If you’re in a rut, maybe it’s what you need to jar you out of that rut. Maybe writing about something ordinary will give you a different perspective on it.
Here’s a link to the original article, and happy writing!