We have ideas, sure. But those ideas are all over the place and we don't know where to start. Sometimes we hear something on the radio that perks our ears up. Other times its a conversation in the checkout line at Target that gets our attention. Somedays its just the weather. All we want to write about is the crap rain that won't stop that keeps cancelling our kids' baseball practices. All we want is a few minutes to breathe and it keeps raining!
But what do we do with it?
One option is we sit down and try to pound the keyboard for a bit, or simply jot it down on a piece of paper. More often than not in these moments, however, our minds have wandered off to something else before we have even finished the thought.
I wonder what I should make for dinner tonight? Maybe something with pasta, possibly spaghetti.
I can never make it as good as my mom could, or even as good as that Italian restaurant we went to a couple of weeks ago.
Their menu was so large. The kitchen at that place is probably so chaotic with all of those dishes coming out of there.
I wonder if that would make a good book. The kitchen chaos of an Italian restaurant.
Would I have enough characters?
Does one of them leave to open a little pizza joint?
Would that be a better story, or a sequel? The chaos of a pizza joint run by a former Italian chef.
Should we have pizza for dinner instead?
Welcome to the mind of an author.
One thing we have to make sure we don't do is ramble. Ideas that are all over the place can be distracting to a reader just like when you are typing on your laptop when your fingernails have gotten long and the nails keep grabbing your attention.
Maybe the chaos of a nail salon would make a good story. FOCUS, CHAMPINE!
Do I ever ramble when I write? You better believe it.
Just read this post again.
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