Wonderfully Bad Ideas

A brief and silly exploration of whether an idea is good or bad and what to do about it.

Dawn Nelson
2 min readApr 12, 2022


Photo by Kier In Sight on Unsplash

Sometimes I stumble across ideas that seem, simultaneously, like a good and bad idea all rolled up into one. Suddenly, a whole elaborate plan develops. An exciting beginning with all kinds of interesting potential.

Dangerously enticing.

The up side is the open creativity and collaboration; an appeal to fervor and inspiration.

The down side is the reckless coloring across lines, blurring boundaries with fervor and inspiration.

I think I would do well to pause for a moment and think about this.

Having paused for a moment, I’ve decided I will tread carefully before wholeheartedly leaping into embracing the dangerously enticing bad idea. I’m confident this careful act of prudence will mitigate any possible damage from eventually doing what I already knew was a bad idea in the first place.

But so, so fun.

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Dawn Nelson

Artist, writer, strategist ~ writing creative nonfiction, memoir, essay. https://dawndotearth.medium.com/membership