I keep a list of blogs for this website on my tablet. Most of the time they’re blogs I’ve written, because, for some reason, I usually write my blog on my tablet (all my other writing I do on my computer, but blogs somehow always flow better when I’m writing on my tablet–weird!)
But in my list of blogs, I’ve got ideas for blogs to write in the future as well as those I’ve already written. Sometimes they’re the beginning paragraph, sometimes it’s just a sentence reminding me of what I wanted to write about, sometime a link to another blog I read which got me thinking. When looking through this list today to find something to write about I found this one:
Paying Attention (that was the title)
When you can focus, you need to know.
That’s it. That’s all I wrote.
What does that mean?? I haven’t the foggiest idea!
Clearly at the time I had an idea in my head and I either thought that that would trigger the idea or I was interrupted before I could finish writing it down.
The point I’d like to make is today is that writing down your ideas is vitally important. We’re writers. We get ideas all the time for blog posts, for stories long and short. But we’ve got to write them down in a way that will make sense to us later. We’ve got to take that time to write as much as we can about the story, the characters, whatever it is that sparked the idea. If we don’t we end up with things like “When you can, you need to know.”
When you can pay attention? You need to know what?
When you can pay attention, you need to write down your ideas because otherwise they’ll be lost to you forever! Ideas are too important to be lost.
Yes, some ideas are horrible and deserve to be lost, but not until you’ve considered at least twice. I’ve found a few doozies while cleaning out my stuff as I packed for my move. Honestly, I wonder why I thought some of these ideas were good (nope, sorry, not going to share my stupid ideas), but at least I wrote them down fully.
For one idea, I’ve not only got a full page describing the plot, but paragraphs on the hero and heroine describing what sort of people they are. This is great! If the idea had been a good one, or the characters less silly, then I might have actually fleshed the idea out more and written the book. (I also found my beginning notes on the book I’m currently rewriting and now understand how I came to create such a stupid, annoying heroine. I was going for someone very complicated and angry. I failed.)
But the point here is that ideas are wonderful. You should write them down immediately, but do so in a way that: a) you will find your idea when you’re looking for one (I have my list of blog ideas on my tablet. I know exactly where to look when I need one) and; b) you can understand what your idea was because one sentence (and one that doesn’t really make any sense no matter which way you try to read it) doesn’t help.
If you have any ideas about what you might want to see me blog about, I’d appreciate you sending them to me because my list is getting pretty sparse.
Thanks, as always!