Or, “Why Do My Ideas Sound Horrible When I Write Them Down?” The Splendid Ideas Paradox states that we can never write down a story exactly as it is in our heads because it's all an illusion. Here are some tips for overcoming it so we can keep writing!
I really loved this one, Graham! The concept of spark vs. flame is a great analogy to remind us of and I am in full support of your splendid idea paradox! I also agree that the dream and images examples were really beneficial in bringing this idea to light!
Well described Graham--I run into this issue all the time, and your examples (the dream, especially) and photos really help to make the point.