Whether you have heaps of ideas or just one, the same question can arise. Where do you start? A friend was writing a book and she asked me to read what she had written. It was great!
And then she said, “I don’t know what to write next, there are so many ideas to choose from.” I asked her: “Are you trying to write the book in order, from start to finish?” “Yes, isn’t that how you write a book?” she replied. My response was “No, that’s how some people write books, it’s not the only way.” I’m not one who can write in order. My brain is far too ADHD for that. I start anywhere that’s easy and I write until I run out of words on that topic. Then I write about another topic, and another. And at the end I put them into a logical order that will work for my readers.
Her sense of relief was palpable. There is no ‘right way’ to start or to create - just your way! I create my business and my projects the same random way. And rarely do I create anything in the same order as last time. I simply follow the energy of what has the most ease to it. It’s speed creating. You don’t spend nearly so much time suffering through creative blocks if you’re willing to create wherever the energy is!
Anywhere you would like to start is a fantastic place to start. A simple way to choose is to write down the first ten things that you can create and ask which one would love to be created first. That becomes your first project. Your project can be anything you desire - a creative idea, a business idea, an adventure for your family… Once you have chosen the project, write down the first ten things you are aware of that are required to get that project started, and ask which one of those would be the most ease and the most fun to play with right now. There will be something that pops, or that pulls on your energy. Start there. Every creation starts with one tiny step towards the light.
There is a natural order to the chaos of creating, as long as we aren’t trying to do it from logic. When we follow the natural order, we don’t need to work anything out. Our projects talk to us if we are willing to listen!
I have another book that I’ve been working on, on and off for the last five years (more ‘off’ than on). Lately it has been talking to me in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways - from questions on Facebook, to conversations with editors and strategists. It wants to be in the world, and it’s not taking my ‘I don’t know where to start editing this book’ excuse on board. The ‘answers’ have been coming thick and fast, even though I’ve been trying to avoid them. The publicity for that book is showing up, even though the book isn’t finished. People keep talking to me about the topics that are in that book. So that book and I have a deal. Let me get this one finished and then I will finish it, before I work on the other three book ideas that are also beginning to pull at me. You see how this works? You start… and your project leads you to wherever it needs to go! Some of you will hate me for saying ‘start anywhere’, as it takes away your excuses for not starting. I’m okay with that. One day you’ll thank me.