If you are an ideas person, you may find yourself overwhelmed with creative ideas that bombard your conscious mind regularly. While it’s true to say that some writers would be ultra-jealous of this, there’s no doubt that it can be difficult to pin down an idea from the masses. But what happens when you do target just one from a long list of creative ideas? Do you just run with it?
As creative people, it’s easy to get carried away by the whole prospect of crafting a fictional world, be it a short story or a novel. Once we start writing, the words often flow and we are so heavily caught up in the sensation of extending our ideas, crafting characters to drive the story forward and, feeling every emotional scene, but, sometimes, the initial idea will not have longevity.
This is not uncommon. The trick is to take the idea, stop, think and plan, yes, even before you really put pen to paper. Who are you writing for? Do you want to get published or, do you just want to have freedom from daily life and to escape into a wonderful work of fiction? If the latter, don’t stop or plan any further, just enjoy the freedom, and allow creativity to refresh and replenish you. Writing should always be for pleasure even if you are planning to get your work published, however, if you are seriously writing with the intention of publishing this piece of work, there’s no escape from the planning process.
Consider the following: