When I climbed into my car and turned the key in the ignition, nothing happened. The silence was ominous — so empty, so void of energy. I took out my cell phone and called AAA.
“Can you jumpstart me?” I asked.
“I’ll be there in twenty minutes or less.”
It was as easy as that. All I had to do was open the hood of the car and wait for help to come. When the AAA serviceman arrived, he connected cables to my dead battery and told me to start the engine. I did. I heard a comforting roar. I had power! Evergy! I was burning gas! All because of a simple connection.
From battery acid to creative juices may seem like an unlikely leap in the cognitive process, but it makes sense to me. Take journal entries, for example. We write about ideas. We jot down details. We mine for memories. Bits and pieces. A little of this and that. Nothing finished . . . many things explored.
What would happen if we jumpstarted the creative process by making connections? By reading journal entries carefully and taking notes. By finding common denominators. By searching for themes that occur again and again with variations. Who knows? We might find that we don’t have dead batteries after all. We just need to get the creative juices flowing to jumpstart our writing.