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The Big Reveal

January 23, 2013 by Suzi

Welcome to The Big Reveal
 
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.

 

Do you any story ideas that are just sitting in your mind or notebooks
until you have the time to write?

 
Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
TONS of ideas, half written works, sentences to be added to something sometime later. If I’m in the middle of a project, I’ll take notes on the ideas, but won’t delve in to something new for awhile.
 

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I have very few actual STORY ideas (it’s a problem . . . ), but I have a lot of characters. I am always thinking about these imaginary people and trying to find stories for them, so that I can write about them!

 
Steph Campbell, Published Author
I have countless stories in my head at any given time. That sort of sounds schizophrenic but it’s true! :) I definitely have to keep a notebook with short lines about each one, otherwise, I’d definitely forget. I typically only actively work on one project at a time, though.
 

Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
I have 3 WIPs that have about 30k written for them. I have 2 completed books that need revision. I have 107 ideas that I wish someone could jump into my brain and write for me.

 
Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
Oh God, SO many. This is where I think Evernote is a writer’s best friend. Every time a random new idea strikes me, I put a little pitch or even a really rough query into a new note on Evernote, usually using the app on my phone. It’s always accessible and keeps everything neat and tidy. I have so many untouched ideas right now, I can’t even imagine making them all happen… but I’m gonna try!!
 

Jenny Morris, Agented Author
I have snippets of ideas floating in my head. LOL. I even have a few with folders on my computer. But they aren’t fully formed.

 
Theresa Paolo, Agented Author
I have a million ideas. The ideas never stop coming. But I have notebooks to write them down and a Word document where I keep them all in one spot. If I don’t write them down I’ll forget and I don’t want that to happen. Once I write it down I try to block it out of my mind and focus on the story I’m working on. Then when I finish that story I open the word document and pick the story that is calling out to me most.
 
 
Do you any story ideas percolating in your head or written in notebooks that you want to get to someday?

 


6 Comments »

  1. Suzi says:

    Yes, too many. (Although not as many as Christa). They’re not all fleshed out, but I’ve got basic premises written down in notebooks. Because if I didn’t, I’d never remember them.

    And the funny thing is, when I first got started writing, I wondered where my next idea would come from. How I was going to think of new stories and characters. Now I wonder if I’ll ever have enough time to get to all of them. :)

  2. Dani says:

    Tons of ideas! I’ll write them down and try to fit them in later. Sometimes the ideas are for my current WIP, other times is some random thought that gets my blood pumping and I’ll use it someday.

  3. This might sound weird, but I don’t write my ideas down. I figure if they’re keepers, they’ll stick. :) I love reading these posts because it’s so cool to see how everyone is different!

  4. Morgan Shamy says:

    I’m a one project at a time girl. I don’t get distracted with other ideas, thank goodness. Once I’m in a project, I’m “there.” And I don’t write things down either–I once heard Stephen King say something to the effect that keeping a notebook is a way to immortalize bad ideas! LOL.

  5. I have several swimming around, waiting to be written!!! I have to write ideas down, or I forget, so I have a list on a notebook app on my phone that helps me keep track!

  6. Jolene says:

    I love that two of my co-authors are on here.

    Steph really does use notebooks. The whole story of My Heart for Yours came from ONE line and a character to go with that one line.

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