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.

When is your Creative Optimum? – Writer’s Journal

“The best time to write is early in the morning” ever heard that before? Bullshit! I can be creative whenever I want!… or so I thought.

I have found that the writers muse is a very fickle thing. For instance, I have no problem writing a lot during the afternoon, or even late in the evening. But that is only true if I start writing early in the morning.

This became apparent to me after working part-time as a substitute teacher.

One day, after a day’s work (I came home around 4 or 5 pm) I just lazily sat around and browsed the web, watched some youtube videos. I couldn’t focus! I could not do any serious writing. At least, it took a while before my mind started to adjust towards doing creative work.

I believe, writing is like warming up before a jog. Your performance is a lot better if you do.

In other words; You can write for much longer if you start early.

But, ultimately, there are a lot more to it than that. I highly recommend reading this. It might help you find your creative optimum.


Writer’s block – Writer’s Journal

In these past few days, I have been in a rut, which may or may not be obvious from my previous post. I haven’t been able to write very well and I felt like I wrote nothing but garbage, it really was total garbage! In short I lost my muse.

But then I came up with an idea that really helped me and I want to share this so that it may help others as well.

While I was reading the lord of the rings, for the second time, I was in awe of how well Tolkien was able to write. I thought to myself, if I was able to write like him, my story would be incredible! Then it hit me, when I had trouble learning something in school, I copied the text, word for word, until I knew the answers by heart.

Perhaps if I copied a page from Tolkien I could learn how to write better too, basically ride the flow from one of the greats!

And guess what? it worked! not only was I able to get my flow back, I also received a ton of inspiration and wrote more than I planned on that day.

Hopefully, this will aid you when you get a writer’s block.

In the words of Ernest Hemingway, we truly are “(…) all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”


Express Your Creativity

Dear reader. As most of us have a creative spark inside, they at one point in their lives tries to nurture that creativity. Being creative is no more apparent than when we are children. For me, I loved drawing. My favourite things to draw was dinosaurs at an early age. I remember me and my sister, who is two years younger than me, drew on a large piece of rolled up paper that started in the living room and ended in the bathroom at the other end of the house. The drawings were just dinosaurs. I believe my parents still has it tucked away somewhere. 

However, as you get older, unless you are one of the lucky few that keeps the spark alive, creativity dies off. I stopped drawing, and I stopped writing in my early teens. What I still had, however, was ideas, hundreds of them! But I had no idea how to express them. It was not until college that I started writing them down. Storing them for future use. The ideas were mostly expressed in political ideas, as that was the direction I took in my studies. However during my master thesis I was allowed to be creative again, for the first time in 10 years I felt that creative spark re-emerge. It was an amazing feeling really. To be given a task and at the same time be allowed creative freedom.

Even though I have spent 5 years of my life studying politics and economics, I decided to try my hands at writing a novel after my studies. I had dozens of ideas to write a story about, and I decided on fantasy as my first genre. I believe that I chose fantasy because it allowed me to be 100% creative. Another reason was that I did not have to be truthful to any source material, so that would save me time doing research.

However, that is not the only reasons…

On this blog I will post diary entries of the progression of my book, called, The Book of Legacy. I hope to involve you, the reader, in the creative process. And I hope that it will inspire you to make your own novel in the future. 

If you are interested, I have published a free short story that I have written on smashwords, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/582218