I have made a habit of collecting writing prompts for my blogposts. Whenever I have an idea worth riffing about, I note it down in a file to revisit later.
This morning, I just deleted about 45 prompts I had for new blogposts. They were prompts I had collected in the last two years, but not acted upon. When I read them again, I either didn’t recognize them or didn’t find their ideas interesting enough to write about.
On the other hand, I am often surprised by certain posts I have written two years back. If I try to write those posts again, I would not have the same clarity and conviction I had back when I wrote them. Those were the prompts I had acted upon.
Inspiration has a shelf-life. If you do not use it, you will be forced to throw it away.