ALOT OF MY ‘NEW LIFE’ IS SPENT RUMINATING, I admit, though sometimes while doing something else (mowing, driving, weeding, showering—you know how it works). Even if I were merely sitting still and pondering, I’d consider those stretches very productive, since they yield my inspiration. So when the subject of where ideas come from came up on a top blog the other day, I took notice. A great link—and a chance to win an advance copy giveaway of my upcoming book.
For me, author-marketer-entrepreneur-creative thinker Seth Godin hit the nail on the head in his list “Where Do Ideas Come From” last week, when he reached Number 12:
“Ideas come from nature.”
So many of mine—ones that guide the way I live or the things I write or do—come from what I have learned in my relationship with the outdoors, and the examples it sets (whether its intricacies of design or its insistent, inescapable cycles). A lot of “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” is about those “aha’s.”
A lot of the other sources Godin cited—that ideas come from trouble, for instance, and sometimes from fear but more often from confidence, also resonated. Read his list of 20 sources of ideas.
Then tell us where your ideas come from (or just say “Count me in.” or, “I want to win the book!” if you’re feeling shy) and on Saturday, December 11, I’ll select a winner at random and send them an advance reading copy of “Peace,” due out in February for real.