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When you don't write, there are two most common paths. On the most common, you have your revelation, maybe the meaning of life condensed into a single word. Whatever it is, you plan to think about it more and to write it down later when you aren't driving, watching TV, eating lunch, any easy distraction. Later in the day, you have a chance to tell a friend about your marvelous insight. "I figured out how to put the meaning of life into a single word." Wow, what's the word?" "I don't remember." In another day or so, you don't even remember that you had such a thought. After you forget your ideas often enough, you stop noticing them when they come. Perhaps you even become one of those who tell me you don't have ideas at all.

On the other path, you take the time to think about your idea. It may even be one of those ideas you come back to time and again. Before long, it appears to be all worked out. It all makes sense, and there are no gaps or flaws. If you still don't start writing you find the idea either fades away as before, or it becomes stagnant. To avoid yet another dead end, let's say you do begin to write down this well-formed thought.

The first sentence comes easily, of course. Even the second presents no problem, but before long you come to an unbridged gap between ideas. Somethings wrong. You were sure that it all fit, so you must have forgotten something. Probably not. The brain has a wonderful ability to ignore missing pieces, to make everything look whole even if it turns out to be an empty shell. Most people pick this time to decide the idea was worthless after all and stop writing. Wrong move. This is the time to start writing. Spotting those gaps and flaws is one of the most important roles writing can play because it opens your ideas for far more interaction.