Monday, October 24, 2011

Scratch When You Don't Itch

My wife and I sometimes go into Goodwill on a Saturday morning just for fun. The excitement lies in the fact that you never know exactly what you're going to find. If you're looking for something specific, you probably won't see it. But if you're open to purchasing something you weren't necessarily looking for, but you know is something you can't pass up, you may discover a treasure.

It's the same way with ideas. Sometimes you may come across some line or idea in everyday life that hits you emotionally. If you're antenna isn't open to receiving any and all frequencies, you may miss a treasure. Blaine Hogan points to Twyla Tharp in an e-book entitled Creative Matters. Tharp says:
“Scratching is an act best done as a routine, designed to gather and collect small ideas to be used at a later date.”
Don't be afraid to scratch when you don't itch. You may stumble upon something you otherwise would have never discovered.

Keep writing (and scratching),



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