I get asked this question quite a lot – often when I launch a new film or book.
Where do your ideas come from?
And I always give the same answer –
And I don’t.
I don’t have a bloody clue.
I’m just thankful the ideas do come.
But I’m often disappointed that the ideas aren’t better.
I often seem to be given those shop-soiled heavily-discounted
last-season ideas that must have been dragged from the bottom
of the remainders bin near to the express check-out in the
Cheap Ideas SupaStore, you know, the one in that part of town
where you risk getting mugged.
Why can’t I get better ideas?
Why can’t I get ideas from the Oscar-winning, Palm d’Or-winning,
Booker-winning stores that the people I admire shop at?
These elite stores are inaccessible to me, it seems.
When they see me coming they flip the sign on their
front door from OPEN to CLOSED.
They close the shutters and put out the garbage.
If I pound on the door and insist they open up they call security.
Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to be happy with my
last season heavily discounted shop soiled ideas.
I’ll put lipstick on them.
Anyway, back to Where do Your Ideas come from?
I was listening to a podcast the other day and this woman was talking about a book she’d just written, and she proudly announced that she had channelled it.
Like that made it special.
Like that made her special.
Give me a bloody break.
Get over yourself sweetheart, as Caroline Myss would say.
Get off your pretentious self-serving high horse.
EVERYTHING is channelled.
ALL ideas are channelled.
Except most of us don’t know it,
or recognise it, or acknowledge it.
We all get ideas all the time, we just don’t value them. Or we don’t trust them. Or we don’t know what to do with them. We haven’t developed the skills to do something with them, or we don’t wish to develop those skills.
An idea can change your life.
It can change the lives of others.
It can change the world.
But where do your ideas come from?