a bright idea, a rush of enthusiasm…these spark you and you begin to write and then…nothing…flat…blah…halt. a false start. the flow is gone and you put the poem or manuscript in the bottom drawer of your file cabinet…the shame pile…more unfinished work!
what if it was just a momentary thing. not meant to be a love affair of any note or a long term relationship. can you accept that? could you even shred it?
For me, these false starts are a way of moving the energy. As a writer, especially one who writes almost daily, I am open and available to ideas that zoom in…and then often they zoom out without coming to fruition and completion. Not every idea has to be developed.
One question to ask of yourself is…”Do I always need a product?”
Sometimes, writing is just practice to facilitate your process. You jot down the bright ideas, but you’re already working on something that is going somewhere. When you get to a stuck place in your life’s work writing, you can get easily distracted by yet another brilliant idea. You then get waylaid from your story that has to be told, the one that you deeply desire to complete in this lifetime. These engaging nova star ideas that race across your mind are a way to keep the channels open while you wait for what’s next in your great work. You follow the star–and then, it plummets. Nothing. Nowhere to go with it. Oh yes, where were you with the project at hand? Get back to it.
These fleeting ideas show me that I’m in the flow, receptive and available. I wrote it down, followed its lead and then realized that it is going to land in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet. Perhaps I’m going to pick it up again one day and follow it further. Or, I’m going to shred it immediately after I write it although the temptation to keep it is there as what I’ve written so far is, to my thinking, splendid. These little writing flings…sigh.