If you believe great ideas come in a sudden flash and offer themselves complete down to the last detail you might be in for a shock.
We cannot prevent birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from making nests on top of our heads.
Similarly, bad thoughts sometimes appear in our mind, but we can choose whether we allow them to live there, to create a nest for themselves, and to breed evil deeds.
I read this quote some days ago. I found it in Tolstoy’s Path of Life, but the quote itself is attributed to Martin Luther.
Be that as it may, this quote made me think about ideas and productivity from a writer’s point of view.
In fact, while it’s is true that occasionally writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, it’s also true that in general any self-respecting writer has the opposite problem. I mean, like the birds of the quotes, ideas keep flying over our heads and trying to make a home for themselves right there.