I realize that sometimes I do a lot more thinking than actually DOING. I’m the kind of person that can fret all night about what to wear to the party and then, lo and behold, the party is over when I get there. Now that’s just sad. Actually, I haven’t been to any parties in a long time. Also, sad.
Lately, I’m thinking about WHAT to write. I can spend a lot of time thinking about this. It would seem to be a huge part of the puzzle in the writing process. In fact, I don’t think you get past GO without this figured out.
I think I have the wherewithal to write a book. I just, you know, haven’t decided what to write about yet. Procrastinator? Perhaps. Just hasn’t come to me yet? Haven’t had the mind blowing experience that shouts, “You need to put this in a book?” Oh, I have ideas swirling around. As I mentioned, I like to think about things. But also, I don’t want to invest a load of time into something and then half way through run out of gas and say, “This was a stupid idea.” Time is so precious and all.
I’d like to start…notice how I am doing this, not thinking about it…a weekly forum of sorts. It’s called Once Upon a Bumble. I know, that’s so catchy, isn’t it? What? You think it’s stupid? Well, who cares what you think?
Actually, I do care what you think. I won’t attempt to provide writing advice, as I think there are many wonderful blogs out there that already do this well. It’s actually me that needs the advice. Yeah, I’m just being a little selfish. Free advice. I mean, who can pass up this opportunity?
Seriously, I’m sure we can learn a lot just by talking, then we can think about it, then we can DO it. I will simply ask a question that I’ve been thinking about to open it up. And, I have lots of questions, need lots of advice…
Here it is….the basic question: How do you decide WHAT to write?
Do you write what you know? Is it something that’s pulling at your conscious, keeping you up at night? Is it something that’s eating away at you that needs to get out?
Or, is it more methodical, something that interests you? Something you researched? Is it an experience you need to share or communicate? Does it begin with a character?
How do you zero in and pick your subject? Or, does it pick you? When does an idea say, Yes, Green Light, Go, Write This?
I know your answers will not be same for every project that you write. I am thinking of projects of longer length, not so much blog post topics. It doesn’t matter if you have written a book, are in the process of doing so, or like me, are sitting on the fence. What do you think?
Okay, now give it up. What’s your secret?