professornana (professornana) wrote,

Where ideas come from

"Where do you get your ideas?" I know this is a question that kids often ask writers. Sometimes the answers are humorous and flip: "from the idea store." But really, ideas come from life itself. Last year, after we finished our presentation at a state conference, my friends and I brainstormed an idea for the next call for session proposals. We put it together and submitted it. It was accepted. And then, there was this pause as we wondered, "what were we thinking ? What ideas did we have at the time?"

The good news is that the ideas returned. And they returned bigger and better than ever. This week we have been putting the finishing touches on that presentation. It is tough for us to finish because as soon as one person adds a slide, another of us gets a new idea. Over the course of several days, this session has morphed and grown. It has also spawned an idea for NEXT year.

So, for us, ideas come from the collaboration, from the wonderful thing that happens when more than o e brain is engaged in the process.
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