The A to Z Challenge has piqued the interest of my children, even though they don’t always read the blog posts that result from discussions and suggestions they make about subject matter. The fact that mom is responding to assignments rather than simply writing when an idea comes is much like what they do in school, isn’t it?
Well… isn’t it?
Yesterday, our discussion focused around the letter I.
“What will you write for your I-blog, Mom?” C asked.
“I don’t know. I don’t have an idea yet.”
“’Idea!’ There’s your blog post,” he said triumphantly. As if simply saying a word could make it happen… I thought. An idea without inspiration just wasn’t going to happen.
“That’s it?” I asked him. “That’s your idea for I?”
He shrugged. “You used my idea for F. There’s no reason why you can’t use my idea for I.” He was smiling as he drove home his point by incorporating the very word he was suggesting into his statement.
“I don’t know. I’ll think about it,” I assured him.
“I think it could work,” J chimed in. “After all, what else are you going to write about?”
“Igloo,” my boyfriend suggested. “That’s a good one.” I suppose it could be… if I knew anything about igloos. Which I don’t.
Ideas are funny though; they flit in and plant themselves in your brain, but then when you try to examine them, turn them around, and analyze them so you can write about them, they dig in their heels and refuse to budge. How many times had I struggled to write, even when I thought I had an idea? But then other times, I think I have no ideas when I sit down to write, and amazingly coherent pieces flow out.
Two days ago, for example, I sat down to write my H blog on happiness, but it didn’t happen that way, did it? A hiccup or two later, and here we are at the letter I.
No doubt, I will continue to get help with my ideas through the rest of the A to Z Challenge, and beyond. I’m happy to entertain any idea that’s thrown at me, but don’t be surprised if I sit down to write, and I end up with something completely different.
Ideas are funny like that.
11 thoughts on “Ideas and Inspiration #atozchallenge”
yay! this is a delight to read! 😀 Love these lines: Ideas are funny though; they flit in and plant themselves in your brain, but then when you try to examine them, turn them around, and analyze them so you can write about them, they dig in their heels and refuse to budge.
So agree! 😀
Thank you, Rosema. I think wrestling with ideas–it’s a universal struggle for writers. 😉
Good one. Ideas are funny. What a great thing to be kicking them around in your family.
Thank you! My children are all creative types (in one way or another), so they are learning about the elusive nature of ideas.
I say take inspiration wherever you can get it.
I agree! Sometimes a small spark can ignite a massive burst of inspiration! 🙂
Love that your kids are involved. 🙂
Thank you! It’s a group effort in my house. 😉
LikeLiked by 1 person
I love that I can sit down to write one poem, and write it, not be happy, rewrite it, and come up with something completely different, better, not what I thought of at all! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com
I love the way ideas change and develop and grow as we work with them! Different and better. Nice thought!
Oh yes. Ideas, you stumble on them when you lease expect them. It happened to me many times. Long prepared posts don’t give me as much satisfaction as spontaneous ones.
You did a good job there, toying with the idea of ‘idea’ itself and not any particular idea 🙂