Non-writers often ask where my ideas come from. As a follow-up I’m sometimes also asked if I ever run out of ideas, or fear that I someday might. This is possibly the easiest answer ever.
I don’t. Know why? Because every time I finish writing a novel, in the next few days / weeks I have at least two completely new ideas for novels. Most of these ideas develop into fully fledged stories with characters and plots I’m passionate about. I’m not entirely sure why this happens. Maybe it’s because, suddenly, a significant amount of room has been freed up in my head which is allowed to be filled with new thoughts and ideas. Maybe it’s because writing a novel requires a lot of creative energy, yet when the story is done it’s impossible to just turn it off, so the energy flows straight into something else. Maybe it’s because I’m a little bit manic. Either way, it means my ideas are growing exponentially, in a way that I’ll never be able to keep up with. That notion kind of thrills me, but also kind of terrifies me. It also makes me wish I didn’t need to sleep so many hours a day.
It also reminds me of a wonderful quote, by Gabriel Zaid that goes something like:
Books are published at such a rapid rate that they make us exponentially more ignorant.
Exponentially ignorant. Love it. I’m fighting that losing battle by reading several books a week. Why not join me?