I need to shut off the ideas. I get frustrated when they pile up like my TBR stack. I have an idea file on the computer, but also jot them on napkins, in notebooks, and in my Blackberry. If an idea really grabs me, I’ll whip out a short synopsis or a rough draft of the first chapter. I have a lot of very rough first chapters. Frustration galore!
I wish I had learned early on to view my ideas as possible short stories. I just don't think that way, even though lately I'm having fun with flash fiction.
What do you do with your ideas? How do you hang on to them? How do you stay excited about them? I’m not going to ask where you get them—probably the same place I get mine. Newspapers, TV, eavesdropping and church.
I read in the August 25th issue of USA Today that “Budget cuts are forcing police around the country to stop responding to … .” Take a LOOK and see what you can do with it. Novel or short story? I have my idea. Uh oh, where did I stash it?