‘Everything old is new again’ – at least in the world of writing. Originality can be hard to come by, and frankly, most of the stories we love best are iterations of the same formula. This doesn’t make us love these kinds of stories any less; it just makes the old storytelling ideas all the more important. Here are three tips to help you iterate on old ideas in your writing:
Ideas are wonderful; they can be creative little sparks that illuminate previously darkened corners of your experience, or they can come to you fully formed, ready to be written into existence just as they are. While it can be encouraging, (and productive!) to have ideas come to you fully formed, I actually quite like when a tiny little seed of an idea morphs into something else entirely. And if an idea iterates more than once, even better!
I spend an inordinate amount of time daydreaming. This is on purpose; I set aside a great deal of time for it, and I have found that far from being a useless waste of time, a concerted effort to daydream has produced a bounty of inspiration and creative ideas.
Ideas are intangible, delicate and effervescent. They can come to us with a seemingly sudden flash of inspiration, or they can hover on the edge of our awareness, teasingly out of reach.
Both ‘authenticity’, and ‘originality’ have become buzzwords of late, particularly in relation to online content, and social media. I have thought a lot of about both of these words, since as an author, they’re both fairly important to my work.