1. We wish they’d write themselves, but they don’t. Ever.
2. They show up when you don’t want them to and don’t when you do.
3. They don’t ask permission before they enter your life, they sort of just exist now, hi.
4. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything else once they enter your head.
5. Sometimes they appear and then disappear suddenly and YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY WENT?
6. And sometimes they don’t come back until the most inconvenient moments possible?
7. AND THEN THEY DON’T SHUT UP UNTIL YOU PLAY WITH THEM.
8. It’s hard to talk about them with other people because only you can see the “big picture.”
9. It’s also hard to listen to others’ ideas for the same reason — but we do it to help each other out.
10. Sometimes they aren’t as good as they sounded when you first thought of them.
11. And that makes you doubt whether or not any of your ideas are worth pursuing at all.
12. Even when they’re good ones … you still have to go out and make them happen. Good luck!
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.
2 thoughts on “The 12 Most Frustrating Things About Ideas”
Meg, I appreciated your bit of sarcasm and truth about ideas that sometimes stand in a writer’s way.
The idea hide-and-seek is probably the most frustrating part of it all. I’m almost considering carrying a recorder around and becoming the crazy recorder lady so I don’t promise myself to write down an idea and then completely forget about it by the time I’m able to! XD