It has been nearly a year since Pixar's artist Emma Coats tweeted her famous 22 tips for effective storytelling. Coats provides a very compelling guide on how to craft a story line that is both engaging and enduring.
What is particularly compelling is that we can take her recommendations and peal them out, and explore how they have a much broader application than storytelling alone. The one that stands out for me is this one:
#11 - Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you'll never share it with anyone.
Getting started, for all of us, can be one of the limiting factors in bringing forth an idea. Good ideas need to be brought to the light of day. Bad ideas, as well, need their proper hearing so that they might be honed and polished into something worthwhile.
Putting our thoughts down on paper, in words, or a diagram, or into an electronic format, forces us to work the idea through; to see its full greatness, its ugliness, its possibilities. If we mull it over in our mind, it isn't real; it's not a true idea, until we show it to someone and say, "Here, I came up with this, what do you think?"
We could readily admit that nonprofits have never been accused of having too many ideas. If anything, the nonprofit sector is often viewed as lower-tiered in comparison to a for-profit business. I wonder what ideas we could formulate to combat that perception...