• Michael T. Christensen

At Last... An Idea!

When I was a young man, I was obsessed with the Star Wars prequels (although time hasn't been kind to them, I still enjoy some aspects of those deeply, deeply flawed films).

But to me, the most interesting thing about the films wasn't the stories themselves (no, it certainly was not), but the behind-the-scenes. George Lucas and his team were surprisingly candid about the behind-the-scenes process, including posting webisodes prior to the film's release, detailing different aspects of the creative process.

And the very first of these, which focused on Lucas sitting down to write the first screenplay of the prequels, has stuck with me for a long time...

First of all: Yes, this definitely means Lucas is, technically, a vlogger.

But second of all, the title comes from something George says during the video: "All I need is an idea."

A few months ago, I shelved the book (and the planned series) I've been working on since 2013. I don't have any regrets about this; it was absolutely the right choice. But ever since then, I've been struggling with what project to take up next. Where can I point my creative energies?

I've had ambitions to make: scripted podcasts; interview podcasts; new YouTube channels; and a few different novel ideas, but none that I was totally thrilled by.

And then, early this year, my roommate and I sat down to watch a movie on Netflix. And halfway through the film, I had the idea for a novel that would combine a lot of different ideas I've been noodling with for a few years now.

At last, I knew what I wanted to write next.

This seemed to unstick something in me. I started watching AuthorTube videos again, and dove into podcasts, novels, and YouTube videos featuring writing advice. Some of this advice was great; other advice was terrible, but that can be helpful in its own way.

And now, for the first time in a long time, I feel truly and properly inspired to write again. I don't generally believe in writer's block, but I did need something meaty to sink my teeth into, something that would get me excited enough to dig into a new project.

All I needed was an idea.

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