Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Janice Hardy

Every time I debate what idea to write next, I go through a bit of an evaluation process. Is this idea good enough to spend time with? Will anyone but me like it? Is it sellable? Should I bother with it?

Writing a novel is a commitment, and before I commit to the next six months to a year of my life (or more for those hard-to-write books), I want to be sure that I have the right book.

Not that I ever can be 100% sure, of course. No one can, but I do my best to look at all the angles and possibilities and make the best judge if this idea is worth my time to write it.

Sometimes I get a yes, others a no. I have ideas I love, but I know I’m not ready to write them yet and I’m still looking for a missing piece to make it work. Some ideas are good to go, but they explore a subject matter that’s been done to death and I don’t feel it’s the best time for that story to thrive. 

And then there’s the idea that gets me jazzed to write and I can’t wait to dive in.

If you’re facing this dilemma, here are some of the questions I use when evaluating an idea:

1. Do you love it?

If I don’t love an idea, odds are I’ll get tired of it or will be distracted by a Shiny New Idea halfway through. The ideas I can’t stop thinking about are always the ones that keep me coming back to the keyboard day after day, especially if the writing hits a rough patch.

An idea that you want to write more than any other is one that usually has the oompf needed to be a good novel.

2. Do other people get excited when they hear about it?

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