What to do with too Many Story Ideas – Writer’s Journal

I can imagine a great number of you has new story ideas on a daily basis, at least, if you are the kind of person that lets your mind wander every now and again. For me, that usually happens when I am out driving. But, it can happen when we do other mundane things as well, such as doing the dishes, showering, or whenever it is impossible to do anything else but the task at hand.

Anyhow, we all have untapped ideas for stories and sometimes it can feel overwhelming choosing which idea to proceed with.

I’ve read that you should let go of some of those ideas if you feel overwhelmed, but how do you choose which ones to let go off?

Obviously, you can’t turn all your ideas into novels, or even short stories. So whenever I get a new story idea, I make it into a flash fiction; a story no longer than a thousand words.

Doing this gives you something tangible from your idea, rather than just abandoning it.

It really doesn’t take that long to write a flash fiction, and anyone can do it, no matter how little time you may think you have.

When you’ve finished your flash fiction, you will know whether or not you will be able to expand the story even further. But even if you don’t, you will still have created something, something to be proud of.

Though I don’t agree with them all, there is some advice to be had here as well.

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