Have you ever know a person who stayed in a relationship (s)he didn’t enjoy simply because “it’s better than the alternative”? When people say that, they are overlooking a positive alternative: being open for someone better.
Since my last post, I realized a writer can develop a similar relationship with a story idea.
The feared alternative wasn’t being without ideas. (As if!) It was a fear of something else. Of being a coward, perhaps.
The great filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa (known best for Seven Samurai) supposedly said, “To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.” I think of this often, and I believe it.
There are times, though, when it is necessary to avert one’s mind.
After all, eyes don’t store troubling images–one’s mind does. A person’s mind can fixate on what is familiar and stop thinking about what could be better.
By focusing on ideas that don’t progress on paper, a writer might close herself off to stories that she could actually finish and put out on the market in a decent amount of time. I think it’s time to avert my mind from those that would offer too little promise to readers.