One minute thoughts

In school, teachers often asked us to come with ideas for essays or reports. Dad was a magazine writer, so I constantly asked him for help.

“Son,” he advised. “Take a break. Sit down. Consider the assignment. Consider what you know. Consider what you want to tell your reader (the teacher).

“It’s not that hard. Remember, you could be one minute away from a brilliant idea.”

More often than not, his suggestion worked. Some of the ideas were lousy…and some were downright silly. But some of those thoughts were actually pretty good. Those are the ones I turned into essays.

Ideas are a habit, like anything else. If you want to develop a positive habit, try giving it some practice.

Start out by just concentrating for 60 seconds. Write down every idea you have. Remember, you could be “one minute away from a brilliant idea”


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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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