The Value of An Ideas File

This week I have had it really brought home to me the real value of an995498_594986897229182_1895149340_n Ideas file.

As a writer, ideas come to me at the oddest times. I can be browsing in a magazine or a newspaper and I will see something that sparks and idea or the germ of an idea that could be useful in some project in the future.

What to do with these ideas? I create files on my computer… any interesting articles that come to me through the web or other sources pertaining to the craft of writing, I save to a craft file and when the day comes that I need to refer to anything in this file, it have it at my fingertips.

The same with book ideas … I have a file labelled Ideas…. some of these are pages long…others are mere sentences… or interesting quotes … or something that tickles my sense of humour… a lot will never see the light of day … others will become what writers call … a light bulb moment.

I had such a moment this last week … yonks ago I wrote a 5000 words semi-synopsis of a plot idea for a book that has languished in my electronic bottom drawer ever since I wrote it.

The original idea came after I read a newspaper article on a gypsy fortune-teller… the story-smith in me thought that has a promising appeal … and then yesterday while working on the sequel to Lovers’ Lies that so many readers have asked for … My heroine was relating some of her past to the hero and she happened to mention and how the event affected her twin brother … and I remembered that 5000 words piece … and I thought … yes…that is the ideal scenario for that piece and a whole new book has emerged … with one doozy of a conflict.

Ideas are everywhere … and once you open you mind to them … the possibilities are endless.  To me this is the real jot of being a writer … taking the germ of an idea and creating a complete finished drama.   So any idea, no matter how nebulous saved to such a file may become the basis to the next best selling novel… if you save it.

 

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Published on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, under Latest News

8 Responses to “The Value of An Ideas File”

  1. This part;

    Ideas are everywhere … and once you open you mind to them … the possibilities are endless. To me this is the real joy of being a writer to me sums up the summary.

    I’m really motivated by your tips, guess it’s time for me to put new ideas to work for me.

    • Shirley says:

      Ideas are the precious jewels that spark our creativity… I call them divine inspiration. It’s like as a child did you ever lie in the grass and imagine what the shapes of the clouds were…hey we knew they were clouds but what fantastic creatures live within the clouds.

  2. Great idea, Shirley! I sometime think of something or hear something and if I don’t write it down, guess what happens? I forget.
    Happy Writing in 2014!

    • Shirley says:

      Christa
      Thanks for stopping by. I use this file so much…and not just for a new book. Sometimes I find it really useful when plotting too.
      But you are so right, write it down…or you forget. One other point is make the file easy to find! The hours I’ve spent looking for something that wasn’t clearly labelled!

  3. Tea says:

    So very, very true! I have a wonderful notebook given to me by my daughter. It has “3am” on the cover!! It lives by my bed and then I have two folders in Evernote one called “Novel Attempts” and the other “Mad ideas and clever tricks”. I wouldn’t be without them!

  4. Kungphoo says:

    I have so many ideas that sometimes my head spins..

    • Shirley says:

      This is the way for most of us Robert, but unfortunately too many people never take an idea past the ideas stage…that’s where persistence and dedication come into the equation. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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