We’ve all had it, that idea that comes in a rush. It can knock you for a mental loop. Cause you to stare off in the distance at inopportune times. (Hopefully, we’re not driving when it happens.) Sometimes, it’s so distracting that even others will notice. And if they know you’re a writer, they’ll ask:
“You just got an idea for a book, didn’t you?”
And you will respond (sometimes in a strangled, high-pitched voice usually reserved for Bieber fans): “YES!”
A million times, yes. The muse has struck you. It is incandescent. Soul-shaking. And in that moment, you will be convinced that the idea is so perfect, so original, so breathtakingly magnificent, your first instinct will be…
“I’ve got to write this all down rightnowbeforeitdisappears!”
Hold your quill, Shakespeare.
Today, I want to talk a little about how valuable it can be to do something a lot of writers don’t like to do. I want you to take that perfect, luminous perfection that is your book idea and… wait.
“NO!” you say. “If I wait, then I will lose the momentum! I will miss the golden window of inspiration that the muse has granted me! I must write it NOW!”
No, you don’t. In fact, I’m going to recommend that you don’t write any ideas down the first moment you have them. That’s right. None. What I want you to do is make that idea work a little bit.