I recently enjoyed a small excerpt from Louis CK’s recent conversation with Marc Maron on his podcast. In describing the development of his new show, Horace and Pete, Louis describes the ultimate test of your ideas.
“Does it write?”
All the good ideas in the world are nothing if they don’t flow into something worthwhile.
Have a great concept? Don’t spend too long dreaming before you try implementing it.
I have certainly seen musical ideas, writing ideas, family strategies go unfulfilled because while they were great in concept, they didn’t write.
On the other hand, I have felt the exhilaration of having an idea work in practice, spurring continued growth.
Anytime you’re beginning a new creative endeavor, the question “Does it write?” is essential to ask early in your process.