Ideas Are Easy

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Chuck Wendig posed some questions last week, one of them was: What is your greatest strength / skill in terms of writing / storytelling?

I would have to say my greatest strength are my ideas.

Doesn’t that sound conceited?

“My ideas are so awesome and wonderful and no one could ever think of such amazing ideas like me.”

That’s not what I mean, at all.

I consider ideas my strength because they’re easy for me. I have a Word doc that is just full of series and book ideas. Some of them are just one line, but most of them are several paragraphs and in some instances whole pages of dialog and back story.

I have one idea that I’ve been working on for years. I’ve written a fairy tale for the world. I’ve created a system of magic, a judicial system, a history, a prologue. I actually think the prologue is the best thing I’ve ever written. I just can’t seem to write the actual book.

I know part of it is that I’m terrified I won’t do the world I’ve created in my mind justice. After finishing a couple projects now that fear has increased. I just don’t think I have the skill yet to write this book.

That’s fine, I have plenty of other ideas to write and finish. In time, hopefully, I’ll have the skill I need to write that book.

Now I just have to stick with an idea till the end.

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