Ideas are like rabbits

John Steinbeck once said, ‘Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.’

Writing this blog has shown me how Steinbeck’s analogy runs deeper than its first impression. People often ask me how I get enough ideas to write one post everyday. I started with a couple, which have now multiplied into 949 blog posts.

Ideas that are closely packed are more likely to multiply. Ideas that are one day apart have a higher fertility rate than ones that are a week apart. Ideas also have breeding seasons. After a dry spell of 5 days, I will have 10 ideas all at once.

To have rabbits of your own, you could start off with somebody else’s rabbits. To have a bunch of ideas of your own, you could start off two that are already out there.

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