Back in December I suggested you keep a small note pad close by to jot down the random ideas that would come to you during the busy holiday season. The instructions were to just jot them down, move them to your computer once a week, and leave them alone to germinate.
Now it’s time to do something with those ideas. Put each idea on a 3 x 5 index card with enough details to remember the complete thought.
Sort through the cards and see if there are some recurrent themes.
- Perhaps several relate to one of your basic values.
- Perhaps the connecting thread is a current event.
- Maybe they all relate to a significant event in your own life.
Write a couple of paragraphs focusing on each of the themes you came up with – this means you will be writing several short essays, less than a page each.
Do any of these topics resonate within you?
Does it cry out to be developed further?
Whether or not any of the themes you discover from your December jottings feel ready for further development now, don’t lose the computer files you created. Go back to them every few months and see what your reaction is.
Plant seeds need water, oxygen, the right temperature, and light or darkness to move from dormancy to sprout and grow into live plants.
Idea seeds need a combination of attention and benign neglect to grow into something ready to act on.
Some ideas resonate immediately and are ready to move forward with. Others need to rest in the back of your mind (or computer archives) and may have additional concepts added to them before being ready to turn them into a program or a book. Don’t be afraid to set an idea aside for a while.
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What seeds did you find last month? I’d love to explore them with you as your Book Enchantress to see if it is time to water them and bring them out into the sun.
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