The things we think about are deeply influenced by the state of the art around us: the conversations taking place among educated folk, the shared information, tools, and technologies at hand.
What if you stopped thinking about your ideas as things you need to let out of you, but things you need to let in to you? Things you need to be ready to receive?
Austin Kleon reflects on how Tom Waits and Nick Cave get ideas when writing songs. The focus is not about getting ideas out, but rather letting them in from the outside. This had me thinking about why blog. In Smarter Than You Think, Clive Thompson talks about the way the same ideas have occurred to different people at the same time: