Trip over any book ideas today, writer?
Or short story topics? Or blog posts you didn’t know you needed to write?
What Started This Rant:
A tweet sent me to Mashable Social Media’s Facebook page to see their featured “18 Facebook Users You Should Subscribe to” (sic). Their Number 4 copy read: “New York Times tech columnist Nick Bilton keeps subscribers on top of his latest industry musings and adventures. For instance, did you know he recently had dinner with a robot?”
It’s the ‘What If‘s’ Stupid.
I read two more subscribe-to suggestions before the brain cells reached consciousness. Have dinner with a robot? What if I didn’t know my date was a robot? What if Nick Bilton didn’t know his date was a robot? What if he took her home? What if … Now I’ll let your imagination take over. (I am a sci-fi aficionado, as well as sometimes fantasy romance writer.)
This is my life. I’ve already taken notes on that one short sentence, and can imagine everything from a short story to a TV sitcom to a full-fledged sci-fi fantasy novel about a sales rep for a personal companion robot business. It’s stored away with all the other ideas I may or may not decide to write.
So Get to the Point!
My point being, don’t trip over the ideas, stumble, and continue clicking.
Yes, keep clicking, but not until you’ve logged the idea. I don’t care if it’s on your dirty lunch napkin, or in your iPhone. Acknowledge it. Go with it for just a few beats. See where it wants to go. Write or type it. That locks it in memory too, besides giving you a visual reminder you’ll stumble upon at some later date.
I’ve lost more blog post rants because I didn’t stop what I was doing at the time; so sure I was that I couldn’t lose such a brilliant idea. I hate to predict your future, but establishing good writing routines now will help you down the road. After you hit the big 40 mark – and you will – thoughts and ideas start to leap from your brain straight out your head, never to be imagined again. Others will replace it, but who knows which brilliant idea was destined to be your lifetime best. And you won’t sit staring at the wall trying to come up with an idea, wasting your writing time. You just have to choose one.
For more on writing ideas and everyday habits, go to http://wilsonwritings.com. Alex Wilson offers lots to see and read, but I can’t tell you what he visualized over a pair of woman’s stiletto heels!