|Posted on August 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM|
Whenever I come up with a great idea for a story or poem what I do is either run to my computer to write the basis of it or make a quick note of it on my phone using a notepad app. What I then do is what I made this thread for. After I write an idea, unless I have a ton of thoughts for it or it's dying for me to write it I usually let it simmer so to speak. I put it on the back burner and let it just sit there and I don't get started on it until I think it's the right time and I have enough for it. Two things usually pop into my head, a clever or gripping title or a really good idea for a story. I almost always decide to let it simmer not because I don't want to rush but because I want to see if it's worthy of becoming anything. I want to see if I still feel it's a good idea a day. a week or a month from when I think about it. Also I will try to let it simmer so I can build more on it or if a better title comes into play after I think of more on an idea. Finally a big reason I will let an idea simmer is because I don't know whether I want to make it into a poem, short story or even my next book. It usually becomes a poem or story and only when I have a mind blowing title do I set it aside for a possible book idea. This last part ties into a similar blog post I wrote a while back on how do you decide what becomes a short story or your next book.
I do on occasion boil ideas. This is usually the case with poems. A lot of times I will think of a title or a few lines and rather than let it sit I will just get started on writing it. I will also on occasion boil a story by starting it but then it let simmer by stop writing about it. This usually happens because of writer's block which is why I tend not to boil my ideas. To me there's nothing worse than having a great idea for a story and getting started on it only to stop half way through because I ran out of ideas and where to go next. I'd like to think I'm not the only person who does this in that I lean toward simmering ideas but on occasion will get started right away. I feel a story needs to be just right and the only way to do that is to do what works best for you, in the case of myself it's letting it sit for a while to either build up or realizing it's not that great and I can scrap it to move on to something more creative. How about you? What do you do when you have a thought for a story? Do you let it simmer for a while or do you just get started and cook away into your writing?