How Do You Prioritize YOUR story ideas?
I hope you’re having a good week. I’ve been a little plague-y this week, but hopefully I’m at the end of this crud ;o)
Many writers have many ideas.
Stating the obvious again, Erica? Real original. I know. I know. Stick with me it gets better…
So sometimes these ideas manifest into actual books. Some into half books, some simply stay ideas.
But how do you know which to write? And when? What does it take to prioritize the ideas in your head and finally get something on paper? For some there isn’t a system. Maybe you just write in order of the ideas that come. Maybe you work in a series format and need to write the next in the series. Maybe you throw a dart at the wall of ideas and it chooses for you. Whatever you do, my guess is it works. It’s what you feel comfortable with. But for those who don’t always know, I’ll share what works for me.
7 ways to prioritize your story ideas
- If the new idea is all you can think about? Write it! This means something. Best time to strike is when you have nothing but ideas and they’re all about the same concept!
- If there’s a deadline involved. Yeah, some writers have deadlines. This makes the decision pretty easy. I would think…
- If you have knowledge about the subject. If you already know what the story is about and there is only a small need for extensive research? Maybe you can crank that one out pretty quick.
- If you have an emotional connection to the idea. This is what always works for me. If there’s emotion behind it your future readers will see that in your writing. Best to write that one now!
- If you know the idea is hot right now. Editors are clamoring for it. Yeah, I would write this as fast as I can. I’m not saying to write to trends, but if you already have an idea and you think it’s hot. That wins for me.
- Or maybe the new idea is just easier for you to write right now. Sometimes when you feel like you’re forcing yourself to write something it’s best to step away and write something else. Or maybe even take a break and read a book.
- If someone you know is excited about the idea too. You’d be amazed how often this plays into what I’m writing. I suspect we’re all kind of like that. If an agent/Beta/CP is waiting for it? That’s a great sign and good motivation!