Epiphany: an intuitive discovery or realization (thanks, Webster's)
I love epiphanies. I had one today.
I write a monthly column about a topic that is very far removed from my life right now. I hang on to the column for many reasons 1--one clip a month, 2--working with an editor, 3--working on my craft, 4--income. However, I struggle. I struggle with making the column exciting, I struggle because I know I could do better, and I struggle because I know my peers are reading that very column every month.
In comes my epiphany.
My focus has been entirely too narrow. I have taken a few key words and zoomed in on them like a bull's eye on a target. I have not allowed myself to create because I am too worried about being creative.
I am about to write my best column for this magazine yet.
Do you focus too closely on key words? Do you allow your view to become so narrow that you don't see the big picture? If so, I hope your epiphany is on its way!
Better yet, how do you AVOID getting too focused on a certain word or key words? How do you bring the "big picture" into your writing?