How writing something you shouldn’t liberates you

Have you ever imagined yourself doing something you shouldn’t?

Have you ever wanted to do something you’re not allowed to do in civil society?

We all have entertained such thoughts from time to time.

What if we had a chance to live them out?

You can, and it won’t harm anyone.

A New World to Explore

I was impressed this week with this quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Writers are credited with having active imaginations. We are expected to pick up our pens every morning and write thousands of words by breakfast — all without breaking a sweat.

And with imagination, our idea factories should be full all the time, shouldn’t they?

But sometimes they aren’t, right? If you struggle with that, I’ve got a way to chase the muse in the post below.

We Block Ourselves

I’ve got a million ideas for stories, products, and just about everything. What blocks me is when I think something is impossible.

What happens is when I can’t see something happening, I dream up countless reasons why it won’t work. I get pretty visual with it, tossing around scenes of impossibility in my mind. Here are a few of the more common ones.

  • People will think the idea is stupid, if they even care at all.
  • It will cost more than I can afford, so why bother doing it half way?
  • The embarrassment of offering something mediocre is too much to bear, so I’ll just settle for what comes easy.

Then it hit me.

The same imagination I use to make things seem impossible is the same imagination I use to create success.

Then Sir Richard Branson’s life motto rang in my ears.

Screw it, let’s do it.

Here’s a link to the book if you want to know more about Sir Richard’s philosophy. It has inspired me a ton. If you want a peek at someone who sees possibilities in the most impossible things, you need to read this book.

Doing the Impossible on Paper

I’ve got an exercise for you.

Spend 30 minutes writing a scene where you do something you’re not allowed to do.

I talk about it in the video below.

The most fun you’ll ever have in 30 minutes.

Our sense of what is right and wrong, possible and impossible, is often what keep us stuck. It prevents us from understanding others even if we don’t agree.

What if you could do something taboo without consequences? Here’s a super controversial handful:

  • Kill your boss
  • Go out in public naked
  • Get up and dance and scream at a funeral

Come up with anything you want.

Just do it on paper, okay?

Have fun with this. Get as detailed as you can. Let your imagination run wild and write it all down.

You don’t have to share the raw story. But I’d love to hear how this works for you!

Do you feel liberated?

Did you get some frustration out of your system?

Do you feel bolder about your everyday writing?

Who knows? You might just get a great story idea by doing this exercise. If nothing else, it will be a lot of fun.

Try it today. Share what happened in the responses below. Let’s give your writing muscles a workout!