“… challenged to scrape ideas out of my skull and turn them into words and images.” Excellent! I got a visual of the inside of an empty, dried up skull, separated from the rest of the bones. I watched as a metal spatula scraped the remains of dessicated dreams, loves, thoughts, and ideas off the skull’s interior and carefully placed them onto microscopic slides for future examination. Who knows how long the bones had been buried and who they belonged to.
Back in the lab the scrapings are rehydrated and put under the microscope. The thoughts, ideas, feelings, and emotions of the person slowly come into view. It will take time to unravel them all, but the work is worth it.
I, too, enjoy writing, but I’m lazy about it. The words from your story that are cited at the top of this response inspired me to write what I saw when I read them.
Perhaps you have spent much time treading upon the surface things of your inner life. Exploring within is not for the faint of heart and I applaud your courage. When you are ready, perhaps you may want to dip your toes into the vast oceans of knowledge and wisdom contained within your dreams. They have been trying to get your attention. Once you begin, a whole new world opens up before you. Bon voyage, Wil!