Inspiration: The Difference Between Idea and Direction


BONUS POST! Just to make up for Friday’s post, I decided to write this, but only limit myself to half an hour. Surprisingly, it turned out great! Enjoy!

Jumping right into a new writing project is probably one of the most intimidating things to do for any new writer or blogger. Even after taking time and effort to craft one of your most amazing and renown ideas ever, taking a “leap of faith” and hitting those first few keys on the keyboard are sure to lead to an exciting yet frustrating creative process. This post in The ESSAYER’s Inspiration series is partly a recap of my earlier Simplicity in Writing post, and partly a new concept that I’ve not mentioned on this blog before. Still, I highly recommend that you check out the former post. It takes an interesting look at the importance and effect of simplicity in writing.

If you read The ESSAYER a lot (thank you, by the way), you’ve probably noticed that I use a few transitions and a bit of background information before diving in to the “climax” of each post. While I was considering this for today’s article, the straightforwardness of the topic at hand allows me to get into the “juicy stuff” right away.

Basically, setting your thoughts on one idea and knowing exactly what you want to do from the start won’t get you anywhere. If everyone reading this right now only tried to base a short story around ONE single concept or ONE single plot line, I’m pretty sure that most of you wouldn’t even be able to get started.

I hope you don’t take that the wrong way, though. If you actually managed to write an entire essay, or even an entire book around one idea, plenty of your readers would get bored in only a few minutes. While closing your mind to all but one concept may not be beneficial to your writing, having a clear sense of direction is absolutely necessary for any piece or project.

Some of you may be a bit confused, so allow me to elaborate. Being set on one idea only, as explained here, will very often lead to a repetitive, obscure, or just plain boring manuscript. However, being set on one direction (or multiple directions based on the type of writing) is how me and many other pseudo-writers create an article or essay with a steady structure while still leaving room to improvise, or think as we write.

Referencing the beginning of this post, sticking to a structure instead of a singular idea also loosens up some of the stress received by perfectionists and regular writers alike. Improvisation in writing (explained above) is a major cause of this loss of stress, but that’s a post for another time, or maybe just this Friday. Anyway, I hope that you’re having a great time with your writing! And if you want more inspiration, may I recommend you check out some of my other posts…? (Yeah, it’s a shameless plug, but thanks for reading nonetheless!)

Nicholas Lucchetto, The ESSAYER

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