Tuesday, April 3, 2012
How do we shortlist our story idea?
At this point I have three ideas for books fighting it out in my small brain. I am very confused about which one to work on. All three sound wonderful (as do most ideas I have). I started working on one, then another idea accosted me and finally a third shiny idea set up residence inside my tiny mind.
I thought I would do something smart. I started outlining two of the ideas and will work on the third in a few days. There is going to be a basic outline keeping the LOCK (Lead , Obstacle, Confrontation and Knockout in mind) and then there will be a more detailed outline, just so that the story idea does not fade from my mind.
The notebooks I have jotted down the ideas in will be preserved for the future, much like what children’s author Raold Dahl used to do. He would jot down every idea that popped up inside his head and work on it years later. He actually worked on one of the ideas he had jotted down 10 years after the idea first visited him.
I would like to know how you all tackle this problem? What do you all do when several ideas are fighting for your limited time and each idea is demanding your sole attention? How do you all decide which idea is the best to work on? I would love to hear everyone’s opinions as it will help me in tackling the excess ideas menace (I am not grumbling about it, there is a huge smile on my face).