Have you ever thought of a book and then wondered why no one had ever written it? I do all the time. Now let’s think about that for a second……hummmm…how stupid are we?
If we are musing over a book that hasn’t been written, should we get to writing it? I’m serious….why wouldn’t we? The answer is because, as writers, we are often trying to be “too” practical about our writing. I know that in my personal experience I have talked myself out of many a book because I have “reasoned” my way out. Things like, “I don’t have time”, “people really wouldn’t be interested”, “that’s not my genre” and “that would be silly” all run through my little mind in a concerted effort to derail a project that popped up in my head. If you think about that, what a waste.
I have also thought of an idea for a project, shelved it in the don’t-do-because-it-is-silly section of my writer’s brain only to find that someone else has run with the idea some 6 months later. I end up kicking myself all the way back to my desk whining, why didn’t I follow through on that….because I could have been THAT guy…with the book and all the selling….it’s literally money lost.
Chances are, if you have an idea for a book, someone else has that idea too. I personally believe in the writer’s guff, that place where all story ideas reside. I think that like the guff for souls, story ideas are doled out as needed and the writer has an opportunity to run with that story idea. If you don’t, it’s your loss but the idea goes back into the guff for another writer. Eventually, all stories get written, it’s just a question of by whom.
I don’t know about you but, in light of all this realization, I have decided to stop poo pooing story ideas and, instead, run with them. Sure there will still be some that are silly and even when they are written out, they won’t be sellable but who cares…at least the piece got written…by me…just in case it was a good idea in the first place. So fellow writers stop shunning those ideas as silly or un-writable and beat the other guys to the punch. Leave no story unwritten…who knows…that idea that you thought was silly…(like sparkly vampires) just may be the one.
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