I've found it's impossible to know where an idea will come from or what it will be. I'm amazed at what pops into my head.
There are so many projects running around in my head. I'm sure they won't all get done. I seem to complete one thing another two sneak their way in to my grey matter.
But those ideas keep showing up all the time. Do I really want to do them all? Some of my ideas are pretty horrible.
Who knows where the ideas come from?
Well the shadow may know but I haven't a clue.
All of those things are probably true.
Most of the time though, ideas come to me when I'm trying to think of them but just as often they come to me when I'm not paying attention. I'm always trying to solve problems and my mind is always looking for solutions.
I've started to list my ideas out every day so I don't lose them. When I come back to them days, weeks, months later some of them stand out like real losers even though I thought they were brilliant when I wrote them down. I suppose they're not all worth pursuing.
Oh - Animal Crackers!
Life is a strange old bird.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy"
Willy "The Wild Man" Shakespeare
So I guess what I'm saying is - at least write down your thoughts and keep the ideas coming. You aren't going to be able to do them all but at least if they're written down you can see which ones are no good and which ones still have potential down the line. Less wasted time.
While ideas and studying and education are important and learning needs to be lifelong, there's no substitute for putting on your waders, hitching your braces, rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business.
I spent years thinking about painting and drawing and writing and making stuff but it was all happening in my head. It wasn't until I picked up my hammer that I saw what I needed to do.
Nothing every gets done in your mind though.
It's in the doing that the job gets done.
I'd better go pick up my tools and get to work.