…As long as you still bother to live a life outside your art. It’s an important caveat. Because, well, yeah, if you just sit and write and write and never experience any other media or any other life you will run out of ideas, probably.
But otherwise, don’t worry about it. You will not dry up—you will not get lost. Believe it or not, finishing the first draft of a book is a freeing experience. Once you know you can write one—you can write another. And you’ll know what kind of ideas will sustain a story.
It will open the floodgates in your head. Finish a story, and you are letting your mind know that it can have more. You are showing it the pathways to fiction.
I’m not a neurologist, but that sounds like pretty accurate science there. It works, even if it might not make sense.
Let me repeat myself: you will not run out of ideas. No matter how all-consuming the current work in progress is, you will have more and more.
If you have the gumption to be a creator, then I know you have the kind of brain that has been waiting for you to let it play. That’s been secretly storing up stuff for ages.
If you already are a creator, then I want you to know you have all the creation in the world, and you will not run out. You may get stuck if you try to push it all out at once, but you are endless.
And if you’re not a creator—yet—I want you to know that you are holding onto a lot of beautiful things inside, that you could share and bring into the physical world.
And I want you to let it out. I want more artists. And if you feel some stirring just from my mere suggestion—then I think you’re ready to join us.
It doesn’t have to be your job or your life.
It can just be something you do.
A new world for you.
You will not run out of ideas.
You are a walking, talking, infinite collection of ideas.
You’re, whether you know it or not, an artist.