HELP! Which Idea Should I Write About First?

HELP! Which Idea Should I Write About First?
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HELP! Which Idea Should I Write About First?

Do you have a ton of ideas, but you can't decide which one to start writing about first? Here is a tip that will help you decide:

When I sit down to write stories and articles for publication or for my blog, I review my list of ideas and then I pick the one that stands out the most. For me, there is always at least one topic on my list that stands out. It usually doesn't take more than a few seconds for an idea to pop out at me. The others on the list are good ideas, too, and I could write about those, but sometimes an article or story isn't ready to be written yet. For those ideas, I let my subconscious mind mull them over and work out the details on its own.

It's amazing what the subconscious mind will do for you if you let it. I read this great book a while back titled, Thinking Write: The secret to freeing your creative mind by Kelly L. Stone. It gives exercises on how to get your subconscious mind to awaken your creativity. It's a fun read, too. I recommend it.

What if you don't have a long list of ideas?

If you don't have a long enough list of ideas, you can take my 7-day ecourse. Each exercise only takes about 5-15 minutes and by the end of the seven days, you should have a long list of ideas to choose from.

Once you have a long list of ideas, choose the one that interests you the most. Which one stands out to you? It should be a topic that you are passionate about writing at that time. Also, make sure it is a topic from which your readers can benefit.

If you can't decide, then just pick one. Toss a coin if you have to. Or if you have time, write more than one. If you don't have time to write more than one during your writing session, then get as far as you can with the first idea and then start the next one when you can. I like to write two first drafts in one session. That way, I can get ahead of my blogging schedule. I'm also writing as much as I can.

Each weekday morning, I spend about 20-30 minutes writing the first drafts of posts for my blog. Since I only publish a post twice a week, I can pick and choose which one to edit and publish each Monday and Thursday. It's also rewarding to have the blog writing done first thing in the morning and it keeps me productive in the afternoons when I'm working on other things.

So, take a look at your list. Which one stands out to you the most?

Jody Calkins
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Jody Calkins

Freelance Writer & Book Editor at Emery Road Writing Services, LLC
Jody Calkins is a Freelance Writer & Book Editor, Writer's Coach, Content Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Pilot's Wife. Her unique talent is as a Back-to-Basics Step-By-Step Writing Expert who currently serves hundreds of clients in over 50 countries. Her editing services and training programs help novelists improve their writing skills, get motivated to write, improve productivity and time management, and battle self-doubt and other roadblocks. She works with middle-grade, young adult, and adult books in a variety of genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Self-Help.
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