The Big Reveal

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 (many) story ideas that are just sitting in your mind or notebooks until you have the time to write? Or do you only think of one at a time, then work on it?

 

Jackie Felger
YES!!! When an idea pops up in my head, I stop what I’m doing and write it down and/or put it in my cellphone so I have it for later.

 

J.A. Bennett
I have lots of ideas, many of which will never be written. Because, time. I tend to move to new projects quickly, when old ones are burning me out.

 

Stephanie Faris
Before I had a publisher, I always had ideas for the next book. But I’ve learned the hard way to always send a list of ideas to my agent and have her pick her favorites. Then I write three chapters and a synopsis for her favorite(s) and we refine that before submitting.

Tanya Reimer
I do have a notebook that I started over 20 years ago for ideas, and when I don’t have time to work on it or can’t fit it into a scene, I write it in there. For some reason I started the notebook backwards and am working my way to the front of it. Unfortunately, what I did learn over the years is that I rarely use it. The ideas I’m working on are just too many and even if I do read them, the passion I had for that idea in the moment is gone. It’s easier to write them as I fall in love with them, even if it’s just a few scenes, it keeps the story alive. This also means I have a folder with scenes that needs homes. Those get used, recycled, and moved about as needed.

 

Trisha Leaver
I have a least a dozen first pages written and saved on my laptop, each one for a completely different story idea. Once I am completely done with a WIP, I circle back to that file and re-read them all. If one calls to me, then it becomes my next WIP. If not . . . well then, back to the drawing board I go.

 

Danielle Bertrand
I cannot work on one at a time. Is it horrible to say that I tend to get bored with my stories? I’m not saying my stories are boring… I don’t think so anyways, but I love being able to take a break and work on something different. Jumping from story to story keeps the excitement alive and tends to help me think of new ideas.

 

Do you any (many) story ideas that are just sitting in your mind or notebooks until you have the time to write? Or do you only think of one at a time, then work on it?

4 Responses

  1. I actually keep a list on the corner of my desk of all the ideas I hope to eventually get to. I cross them off once I actually start work on them.

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