This post was written specifically for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop.
I’m going to start off by repeating myself, and repeating something I said in a previous Toolbox post to boot. At the time, I said that ideas will come to you, regardless of whether they fit with your WIP or not. So, if they don’t fit, what do you do with them?
I’m also going to make a broad assumption, that if you’re a writer, you’re going to be extremely reluctant to dispose of anything. Editing a finished manuscript is one thing, but getting rid of something new, something that you might want to develop somewhere down the line? To be honest, my eye is twitching at the thought of it.
What I’ve heard others do, and what I’m starting to do myself, is to keep a file of all the random ideas and pieces of prose. It could be a notebook or a folder in your computer but you should have some means of keeping these bits and pieces. Look at it this way, take a few minutes to save something, I you might also save your a few days worth of self-recrimination for losing it. You might now, but what has it cost you to do so?
The second part is to review your file every so often. Maybe when you’re between projects, maybe if you’re stuck, maybe if you just want something to kill a random hour. Take a look through and see if anything jumps out at you. You may have the idea for your next work and not even know it.
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