Face To Face With an Idea

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I have not posted in some time. That has not been intentional. I had an idea well over a month ago that I began working on. I loved the idea, it was so fun to explore deeper. As I kept digging. The idea kept growing and growing. It had everything I wanted in a post plus some. Night after night I worked on the idea, crafting the article. Exploring what I thought was every angle of the idea.

After over a week of writing, I began to lose touch with this idea. The spark was not there anymore. It became so large I was not able to implement it in such a way that I was happy with the deliverable. It was feeling more like a chore. It became work. Not what I was looking for, I was looking for an outlet. It was easier to stop writing than it was to continue with this idea.

There are a couple of lessons in this short tale. Rather than drag them out, making more work for both of us. Here is what I learned:

  1. If something is becoming too large, break it into smaller more manageable pieces.
  2. Keep it simple, our world is already complicated enough.
  3. Don't be afraid to walk away from an idea that is not working out.
  4. Keep it exciting, for things like this it a labor of love. If you are not loving it, all that is left is labor.