Tag: ideas

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Idea Development: Lightning Bolt vs. Slow Burn

Idea Development

People always ask where authors get their ideas. (Short answer: Everywhere.) I find the better question to be, “How are ideas developed?” Every writer has their own way of bringing an idea into the world as a book, story, or article. The idea is easy to get. Doing something with it is more difficult. How …

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Getting Past “This is Stupid.”

This is stupid

The three words, “This is stupid,” when applied to ideas have ruined many a promising writing career. (And careers in other creative fields, as well.) If they haven’t yet ruined your career, they’ve probably made you miserable a time or two by making you second guess everything you do. My personal favorite is when those …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

An Idea Is Nothing


Last week, #IWSGPit happened on Twitter. It’s one of many pitch contests/parties where users post their pitches and hope that an agent or publisher requests more information about their work. (I got my publishing contract through a pitch party —#Pit2Pub—, so I can vouch for the fact that they work and can be worthwhile. Not to …

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Capturing Sneaky Ideas


Ideas are funny beasts. It always seems like they’re all around you until you really need one. The more they’re needed, the more likely they are to hide. Ideas are also sneaky little creatures. They seem to get a thrill out of hitting you when you’re least expecting them, or when you are unprepared to …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration

Living With Boredom

Boredom Cat

A few months ago, I wrote a post about being tired of hearing people complain about boredom. Despite having every kind of entertainment available, boredom seems to be an epidemic. My post offered suggestions for things to do instead of complaining about being bored. But I think I need to add one more idea: Live with it.