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Honing Your Ideas

12 Aug

Great ideas don’t come often. They say inspiration can strike like lightning out of a clear blue sky, and it can. But, like lightning, it very rarely does. But when inspiration does

 

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 hit you, utilize it to its fullest potential.
One of the easiest ways to waste a really good idea is to start too soon. Say you’re reading a book about cell damage, and you suddenly have an amazing idea – you could write about a scientist who uses cell damage as a weapon to become a villain. Or something of the sort. Without thinking too much, you turn on your computer and start writing. Within five minutes, you’re stuck and confused, fifteen lines in and already written into a corner. Frustrated and annoyed, you turn off the computer and never think of the idea again.
This kind of scenario happens to me personally all the time, and it’s always for the same reason. Not thinking things through.
There’s a sort of idea in every person’s head that the best writing happens without thinking, by just letting words happen on a page until a masterpiece rolls luxuriously out of the printer. But in my experience, the opposite is almost always true. The longer I let an idea wallow in my brain before trying to write it, the better it will generally be. Just thinking about an idea for a while allows you to develop it, to let it simmer gently before bringing it to a boil.
Think of great ideas. Think about great ideas. Let great ideas form and coalesce into a finished form. Then, and only then, set your great ideas free.

 

Regarding You

3 Jul
Sometimes I feel as if I’m standing at the edge of a cliff. High above the clouds, an incomprehensible drop before me, the formless ground far below a hazy blue. Alone. I stand high on my perch and write, little notes. Each note an opinion, an idea, a suggestion. One by one, I write the notes, fold them into little paper airplanes, and send the soaring over the edge, to be found by Whom It May Concern. That’s what writing for a blog feels like to me sometimes.
Other times it’s as if I’m in a dark, musty little room half buried in the ground. A small grating at the top of the wall lets in light. By the light of the dusty rays I scribble my opinions, my ideas, my suggestions. One by one I shove the notes out through the grating, straining to reach. As each note squeezes out, it is grabbed by fingers of passerby walking along the street above my cellar. I strain to hear but cannot make out the words. That’s what writing for a blog feels like other times.
I have so many things I want to say, so much to tell you, reader. But I cannot see you. You hover just out of reach, out of sight yet not out of mind . I know you’re reading what I’m writing, but I don’t know you. What do you want to hear? What do you want to know about?
Tell me. You have the option of stooping down and talking out me in my hidden cellar, of sending my paper airplanes back up on a gust of Internet. Tell me what you want to hear about. Tell me what about your writing, and how you do it. Give me a hint what you want me to write about.
P.S – I just read what I wrote above, and, wheew, talk about melodrama, right?

English: Paper airplane

English: Paper airplane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I’m not going to change it, that’s really what I feel like. So tell me. Leave a comment about what you want me to write about, or even ask a specific question. That’s what The Writing Corp is for, and what it’s all about.

Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 1

10 Apr
Let me describe a scenario.
You’ve written something. A poem, a short story, a short fiction novel. You show it to a couple of people, and those people like it. Not quite sure what to do with the piece, you put it away, start working on something new. You don’t even really revise, not much more than a quick once-over, and then on to the next project.
Then, one day, out of the blue, you get a phone call. The caller introduces himself, and tells you he’s a representative for a certain publishing house. Somehow, through one of your friends, they’ve seen your work, and they think it’s some of the best material they’ve ever read . Cutting straight to the chase, the caller says they want to publish your work. “Don’t worry about a thing,” he reassures you, “we’ll take care of everything.
Sure enough, the publishing house edits, corrects, fixes and polishes your work, and they publish it a month later. Within a week, the published material is a complete hit. Thousands of people buy it, your name is a household fixture, and you and your publisher stride off into the sunset.
End of scenario.
Now. If you are a writer, put a hand over your heart and tell yourself you’ve never wished for this to happen. Be honest. We all have.
Back to reality. Statistically, if you’re a written-content creator, your shiny writing career isn’t really where you want it to be. You’ve written a lot of stuff, moving on from inspiration to project to whim, but most of it is either forgotten, dismissed, or languishing in a desk drawer somewhere. Taking up 143 kb of memory in one of the folders on your computer.
At this point, the question is – why. Chances are, it’s not because you’re a bad writer. You might have some pretty decent material. That’s not the problem. The problem is that we all sort of get on with the business of writing new stuff and wait for the above scenario to play out. That’s the mistake. We want to be writers, and have the rest take care of itself.
So what do you do? How do you get content out there? How do you move your actually-decent, hard-won, unedited work out into the real world of material which people have heard of? How do you turn it into something real?
That’s what this series is about. In the next few installments of this series, we’ll walk you through the whole process from ‘status quo’ to ‘where you want to be as a writer’. However, be warned. Don’t expect the work to get done just by reading this. Actual energy and work will be required. So if you really want to be a writer, if you want to make your writing career a reality, jump aboard, and we’ll see you in “Realizing Your Writing Potential; Part 2”.
Nesher Ehrman is an author for The Writing Corp. To see mre of his material, check out his blog at nesherehrman.wordpress.com/
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