Finding The Right Idea

I don’t think I have ever known, not even a single writer, who doesn’t get about a dozen ideas every day. But imagine what would happen if you’d start taking all of those ideas seriously? 

It’ll be chaos! So you get my point? 

Remember, not every idea is a good idea.

As a beginner, you might feel the need, a very compulsive need, to note down all he ideas that you get and work on them, but the only thing it manages to do is keep you busy for a couple of months or maybe just days before the steam blows off and your mind starts to wander. And that is something that you cannot afford to do while writing a novel. 

When you write a novel, you will be working on it for at least a year, (that is if you are lucky) otherwise you might end up writing it for a couple of years or maybe decades… but lets’ not go there now. 

Imagine being stuck with an idea that you don’t like anymore after 3-4 months or an idea that simply can’t be developed further after the first 100 pages. 
It would be a disaster!

Most writers quit at this stage because they feel that either they cannot write, that they are bad at writing or simply that it is not worth the effort when in reality it is only because of the fact that you picked the wrong idea.

The best way to pick the right idea – a good idea, a solid idea is to not note it down when it comes to you. Yes. Do not write it down. Let it be in your head. Let is sleep there, eat there, poop there and grow there. Give it a couple of months, and only and only if you feel that the idea is growing and simply put – driving you insane because you cannot stop thinking about it then, that is a good idea. 

The idea that sticks in your mind is a good idea.


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