Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for Ideas



So here’s the dealz, peeps – I have, like, a serious problem. No, really serious. It’s related to Ideas for stories.

And how I have too many of them.



Now, I know what you’re thinking—TOO MANY IDEAS?! I know, I know—it’s a GOOD problem to have. And they’re not just ideas – some are premises, but others are full-blown out plots, running like a movie in my head—characters included. I’m trying to finish up a story and have three dying to be written. Three more wait in the wings, and that’s not counting a sequel and a triquel to one, and then four others floating around in my head with sketchy premises.

Which leads me to my next “I” problem—Impatience. Yep—gotta big problem with that too. Like, I want to write all of them RIGHT NOW.

And if you’re a writer, you know how Important it is to be patient. In every aspect of the craft. Not only in finishing your story, but then allowing yourself distance from it, time for revisions, second revisions, fiftieth revisions. And if and when you do hook an agent, it could be months before you’re ready to go out on submissions, and then possibly more months before you get a publisher. And then a typical eighteen months to two years until your book hits the shelves.

Um, yeah—definitely a need for patience.

I don’t know about you—but I’m willing to wait. I just gotta tame the almighty Impatient bug. And take things one day, one story at a time.

How about YOU? Any I-problems you’re facing today?

20 comments:

  1. Love the pencil! Mine is usually too many WIPs rather than ideas, but this year is better than last for filtering them down. Same thing though, I've been great at starting 30 000 stories but finishing (are they ever ready?)Send some patience here if you find it :)

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  2. Wow! Not a bad problem to have. I am very forgetful, even with my own stories. I can't contain too much information at the one time in this head of mine! Reading through a piece, my characters names can even change as I've forgotten them.

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  3. Patience is a struggle. I'm lucky I only have one new idea at the moment, though.

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  5. Don't slug me (wait, since when do I say 'slug me'?) but I'd totally steal your 'too many ideas' bug. I've seen an increase in ideas during the writing of current WIP but I wouldn't say no to more! I hope I don't jinx myself but I'm feeling relatively problem free in the writing life right now, knock on wood. Although I could be reading more/faster, so maybe I'm feeling indolent (fancy word for lazy I looked up, aw yeah!).
    - Sophia.

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  6. Know what you mean. Mine is when I've completed a manuscript, it's done, right? Not. So patience is a good thing.

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  7. Finishing books is important, but all those ideas are too. It's ideal to keep all things going...the ideas, writing and submitting. Not as much time to get impatient then.

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  8. I am impatient about so so many things, but I'm strangely patient about wips. I can work on one wip for as long as it takes, just simply writing any new ideas that pop up in an appropriate place and putting them away until I have the time to deal with them.

    Good luck!

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  9. I have the same problems. Too many stories and not enough to write them all right now! Great post :)

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  10. I have lots of ideas, too. I just write them down and get to them when I can. It's so exciting when new ideas come...you never know when or where or what will inspirte them!

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  11. Clever uses for 'I', and so appropriate. I suffer from them all, but God has a way of yanking on the reins, so I generally stay focused. Love your post. I'll be following.

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  12. I know what you mean about impatience. I'm not a wtiter but I know what it's like to try to hold on to all of your ideas and it's devastating to lose one or to forget a detail. There just isn't enough time to get it all done. I'm a cloth doll designer and I get ideas for new pieces every day. I am inspired by things that I see and my clients and friends are always giving me new ideas. As a result I have about 20 dolls in various stages of being finished. Some are bald, some have faces but no limbs. My work space kind of looks like a grave yard for mannequins.

    Keep up the good work.

    Gloria
    cre8tivglory

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  13. I've become more patient over the years. Impatience wasn't getting me anywhere years ago when I was submitting my manuscripts.

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  14. My 'i' problem is chronic, I'm afraid. It's called idiocy. :-)

    Do you keep a word doc for your ideas? That's what I do, so when I get a new one I can just slap it down and get back to what I'm working on. Some folks keep a journal, too.

    EJ

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  15. Ick??! As in, 'Darn I've got to wash those icky clothes.'

    LOL...Great Blog!

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  16. I have "Impatience" in a different way. I'm waiting on responses back from submissions. =)

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  17. I suffer from this problem too! Too many ideas - too little time. :) It's a high class problem.

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  18. My I-problems are Interruptions by Irritating Idiots. (Like the ones at my day job who want me to actually perform it instead of thinking of my next blog post. The nerve!)

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  19. That's kind of like the problem I had not too long ago when I lost too much weight. We have such terrible problems ;-)

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  20. Too many ideas . . . yep, I have that problem, and not enough time.

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