I have to say that I’ve never done a post like this, but remember this is my opinion. 🙂
Look, I’m gonna be real with you here. If you’re looking at your manuscript and thinking of how to make it just right, do you really have time to second guess your ideas?
I say this because when I’m writing, I used to do just that. I’d scratch my notebook full of ideas and laugh and think of how crazy that would be.
Most of the time, I end up going back to those ideas. But generally not precisely that idea, something similar to it. Which is why these ideas are important because they feed, drumb roll please:
Whether you like it or not, your subconscious is what’s taking in the very small details of your life, and it feeds off them consistently. Your ideas will come from it, and that idea of your character dying tragically in a fire, may just work to make your story better. It’s all about execution, always consider anything possible.
Say it with me.
Always consider anything possible!
I’ve started a story countless times, and a lot of the time it ends up completely different to my notes. Just let it all out on your pages. If you’re anything like me, your easily distracted when you’re stuck. So put it all on paper (or word) and then edit it later if it doesn’t work! You’ll probably be changing your story anyway, and it will be for the better. Which brings me to my next point.
For the love of god, be adaptable to change!
When your editor says this or that needs to be changed, it does not mean that idea was wholeheartedly bad and you should go live in a cave and die alone. It means that idea does not fit in that spot, or doesn’t fit to the theme of your book. Novels are all about progression, and if that spark of creativity was too much, then whatever. Feed it to your subconscious, make it into something else. Because that’s what you’re good at, that’s what writers are good at!
So don’t be afraid of your ideas. Embrace every possibility, and find where the big ones fit into your story. Oh, and write it all down. Because ideas fade in about ten seconds. I timed it, it’s true.
I felt as though I had to get this off my chest somehow, but it’s been stirring in my head for quite some time now.
Feel free to add your suggestions below, let’s discuss!