REJECT THE FIRST!
My first ideas are usually my worst. It’s that little thing called the path of least resistance. When trying to do or create something, the first idea that pops into mind for me is the most obvious, cliché, ridiculous piece of garbage. So is usually the second thought, and the third.
My best ideas usually come after a long time struggling with some problem, and reading, researching, coping, dealing and a great deal of frustration. And then after I’ve gorged myself on a delicacy of related material, suddenly an idea pops into mind. I call this The Last Idea. When I get the Last Idea, it truly is the last. I’ve worked hard enough, rejected enough silly and lazy thoughts that the last one truly pulls its weight, or is worth its weight.
I criticize the work of others a lot, sometimes too much. Usually what drives and motivates me to critique is the feeling that the creator did something that *I* tend to do from time to time, a thing I do, or habit I have which annoys me.
Yes, I’m a hypocrite.
I know my worst ideas are the first that pop into mind. Therefore, I think it’s a safe assumption that a lot of people create based on their first ideas because it’s easy, because it feels natural.
This is one area where I don’t trust my muse at all. Your muse can lead you inspiring places. But your muse can also lead you down dead end paths. Sometimes your muse will tell you to run with the first idea.
The rigors of research and true creative synthesis aren’t easy, nor do they feel very natural. You slog away through books, magazines, movies, comics, or other media to sometimes feel like you’re merely wasting your time.
You’re not wasting your time.
Out of 99 ideas the crap is at the front, number one. 99 is golden.
Reject the first idea!