Stay Calm: 6 Paths to Remaining a Well of Ideas

Ever produce work and believe you’ll never have another worthy idea again or that, no matter what, that one piece must represent your success? It’s your baby, after all. Countless people have trapped themselves into believing they’ve extracted the last bucket of water before the well runs dry.

Diagram: CA Hawthorne

Diagram: CA Hawthorne

Not true. Let’s flip it around and examine a few what ifs:

• Van Gogh paints his first picture and refuses to paint another because he spends the rest of his life trying to sell that first one. A Starry Night doesn’t follow.
• After the Beatles first single, Love Me Do, fails to go to #1 they spend the rest of their time together relentlessly touring in an effort to sell more copies of that minor hit.
• Determined to market his first work, Michelangelo ceases to pursue other projects. The Sistine Chapel and David never happen.

Yeah, those sound absurd, like me clinging to the…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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