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What's your biggest question about writing?


I know that many, many people want to be a writer and create books, and then get them published (and possibly make some money that way).

It's not an easy path, even though self-publishing has become very simple these days.

So what's your biggest question?

Post below, and I'll do my best to answer. emoticon

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What do you do when you have an overabundance of story ideas? How do you choose which to work on?

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Ah, that's a common problem. Two steps can help to take care of that and make you feel good about having so many ideas, rather than getting stressed out by them.

Step 1: What I do is to spend half an hour or hour to write out the idea. Add characters and world building - just as much as is clear at that moment.

And then I save that in a project folder, which means the idea is safe and can wait for a good moment to be used. And I have managed to get it out of my head and make room for whatever else is urgent.

Step 2 is to decide what to write next.

I use a mix of aspects for that:

- Does the story speak to my heart right now? Are more ideas flowing that fill in gaps?
- What's happening in my genre, would the story fit or draw nice interest?
- How much time will this idea take? Is it novel sized, a whole series or just a quick short story that I can easily place?

I believe that writers need to be strategic, especially if they are self-publishing. And asking all those questions makes sense if you think of writing as a business - while also keeping your joy in producing stories alive.

I hope that helps. emoticon

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For now I like the first step best. Definitely a good idea to get them out of my head. emoticon

Step two is a bit harder as sometimes my ideas will compete for attention, so it's hard to tell sometimes which one is more urgent.

On another note, what do you do if a character clams up on you and you can't get a sense of where to go with that character? One of my main characters has done that, plus, she's six, so there's that to contend with. emoticon

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When a character shows up, but just stands there doing nothing, I start asking that character questions. Like:

- What would you like to do?
- What's stopping you?
- What are you missing?
- What do you want to tell me?

It helps that I'm a coach. emoticon

And if that still doesn't help, I get into a place where I can daydream easily, and then call up that character - and just watch what they are doing. Because they cannot stand still forever. Eventually, they all get into trouble.

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[sign in to see URL] I can try channeling her through a day dream.

Thank you!

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You're welcome! Let me know how it goes. emoticon

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Yes, they do. emoticon

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