Do you trust your creative ideas? I know it’s a challenge. You get an idea, you think it’s wonderful, and then have second and third thoughts. Or you begin working on an idea, share that idea with someone else, and they tell you all the reasons your idea won’t work.
Writing is all about your ideas: trust yourself
Writing is all about your ideas. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing: it’s ideas. However, it’s difficult to trust your ideas.
You’ll think that:
- I can’t write this, I don’t know how;
- This idea is too different;
- I need help with this project…
Here’s a tip. If you don’t believe in your ideas, no one else will. This means that if you canvass opinions: “Will this work?” before you’ve fleshed our your idea, and have built your own confidence in it, others will shoot it down in flames. Even if they assure you that your idea is wonderful, sharing it too soon withers an idea.
That’s a hard lesson to learn. If you’re in the first few years of your writing career, chances are you’ve yet to learn it. Sadly, you’ll share many ideas, which would have grown if you’d allowed them to gestate. Instead those ideas will wither.
Got an idea? Save it, or start writing it
Here’s how to grow your ideas:
- Get an idea;
- Trust your inspiration;
- Save your idea, OR start writing immediately;
- Trust, and…
- Keep writing.
Keep an Idea Bank: it’s gold
If you don’t already have one, start building an Idea Bank. In an article, I said:
One way to encourage ideas is to hunt them. Most days, I write down ten ideas. That’s from 50 to 70 ideas a week.
Out of quantity, comes quality. When you have lots of ideas, you’ll do lots of writing. And when you do lots of writing, you’ll become the writer you want to be. It’s inevitable. You get better at anything you practice.
I store my ideas in an Ideas notebook in Evernote. You can store them anywhere.
Another tip be ready to grab ideas as they float past. Ideas tend to arrive when you’re doing something mindless: having a shower, mowing the lawn, washing up… Have something ready to write down your ideas. Carry a notebook.
Ideas equal money: have your ideas handy
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve pitched an idea and been asked whether I had anything else. Editors and other clients love to feel that their writers are an endless fountain of ideas — it pays to keep your Idea Bank topped up.
Keep your Idea Bank handy whenever you’re in a meeting. You may walk out of the meeting with a couple of deals, rather than just one, if you share your ideas.
A pitfall: don’t share too much
You’re confident in an idea. You’re ready to share it.
That’s fine, but be aware of sharing too much before you have a deal.
Yes, people do steal ideas. For example, if you’re querying a magazine or Web publication, share your idea, and emphasize that you have several sources. BUT don’t give details of your sources before you have a deal.
Similarly, you can share some of an idea with a client, or prospective client, but don’t share too much. This is especially vital if you’ve never worked with the client before. If you’re asked for a detailed scope on a project, leave out most of the details until you get a preliminary payment.
How to mine writing gold
Trust your ideas. Create an Idea Bank and keep it topped up.
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