When you sit down to write a few words, you don’t think about what they might mean out of context. For instance – if you write, Things that I need to get done:, followed by a haphazard list of grocery and household chores, you wouldn’t think about the order of the items/chores and words you scribble upon that coffee-stained sheet of notebook paper you stole from your son’s school workbook. But somewhere, someone is stuck on an idea, unable to continue with a derailed train of thought. They are scouring their thoughts for any words or ideas that will fit their story.
Your to-do list just might have what they seek.
I noticed this phenomena when i saw one of my wife’s many lists, (this one was a shopping list for yarn, I believe) and came up with an ending to a poem I was trying to finish. The list had some fancy-sounding colors and yarn names that struck with the theme of my prose, so I went with it, and allowed myself to use that seemingly inconspicuous list as a source of inspiration.
I recall this because I want to start a longer project. Prose and poems are great and all, most of which I think were fairly good when I wrote them. I guess I want more out of my writing. Depth, character, and bilding a landscape with just my words, among others are what I want to push myself to discover within my creative writing. I think I might need a lot of “lists” and other such inspiration points to help me through the process.
Now all I need is an idea to get started.
*looks for an old notepad*