Hi fellow writers
Do you guys remember your “idea” phase?
If you don’t know what I mean by your “idea” phase, let me explain through Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman has this funny story, of aspiring writers, who would approach him with these beautiful ideas, the most original, quirky, crazy, yet doable ideas one could possibly fathom, and they were offering them to Neil for him to write for just 50% of the book sales in return. Neil Gaiman would simply smile and wish them all the best with their ideas.
Get my meaning?
Now I know none of you are stuck in this, but as anyone who wishes they had a time machine to smack their fifteen-year-old self upside the head, its nice to reflect on the regrettable things that were the best thing to do at the time.
It’s only common sense as the pen is hovering over paper that the first thought be what is the idea? And like kids who first discover that soft white stuff is called snow angels and mom yelling to wear a coat, we are just blossoming with creativity with what we can do with it. And the first assumption one has in writing is “I am just aplomb with ideas, all I have to do is write the stories and boy this is easier than I thought!” It’s the three step plan of laziness.
Step 1: The idea
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Uncork that champagne you won the universe.
Pretty silly but some writers can’t get past this three step process, and they will always be at the coffee shop or with friends telling anyone who will listen of their ideas, researching publisher listings, talking to veteran writers for advice on self-publishing or traditional publishing, finding agents, becoming “writers” by the sheer amount of effort they put in their not-a-single-line writing.
Instead the real writer, the ones that understand the joy of a writer is to write, not to add “writers” to their dinner party conversation, is to take the idea and let it run through their fingers to pen to paper (or keyboard, for techie talk), until there are reams of work under their hands, and knowing every drop of ink bled to make those words.
Find an old idea you have. Don’t say you don’t, you do. There’s probably a whole notebook’s worth, or a word doc, or stuck in your head like old photo albums from family vacations in the attic.
Take it out and read it again.
Write. Don’t stop until you have 500 words of actual story, not idea development, story. Remember to be shameless if only to get the words on the page.
By a fellow writer