How to Become an Idea Machine in Ten Minutes a Day

A daily practice that’s essential in our idea economy.

Shaunta Grimes
Nov 9, 2019 · 4 min read

I’m great at taking the first steps toward that great, magical place. But I get lost in the middle.

I visited my dad and my brother last spring in Las Vegas and we were talking about this. I think that my love for ideas is genetic, or at least the product of nurture. When presented with an idea, all three of us first see all the reasons to say yes. Later, we might talk ourselves out of it, but at first — it’s all excitement.

I can totally imagine being there. Getting there is a different story.

Great starts, pretty much non-existent follow through about 80 percent of the time. And because of my propensity for cannon-balling into ideas, that 80 percent of the time often happens publicly and embarrassingly.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve made lists of:

The upside to ten problems.

And as a result I:

Outlined a book I really do want to write.

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Shaunta Grimes

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Learn. Write. Repeat. Visit me at ninjawriters.org. Reach me at shauntagrimes@gmail.com. (My posts may contain affiliate links!)

The Every Day Novelist

An Experiment in Reading + Writing

Shaunta Grimes

Written by

Learn. Write. Repeat. Visit me at ninjawriters.org. Reach me at shauntagrimes@gmail.com. (My posts may contain affiliate links!)

The Every Day Novelist

An Experiment in Reading + Writing

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