Rebloggd-How Can You Tell if Your Idea is Worth Writing?
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy
Every time I debate what idea to write next, I go through a bit of an evaluation process. Is this idea good enough to spend time with? Will anyone but me like it? Is it sellable? Should I bother with it?
Writing a novel is a commitment, and before I commit to the next six months to a year of my life (or more for those hard-to-write books), I want to be sure that I have the right book.
Not that I ever can be 100% sure, of course. No one can, but I do my best to look at all the angles and possibilities and make the best judge if this idea is worth my time to write it.
Sometimes I get a yes, others a no. I have ideas I love, but I know I’m not ready to write them yet and I’m still looking for a missing piece to make it work. Some ideas are good to go, but they explore a subject matter that’s been done to death and I don’t feel it’s the best time for that story to thrive.
And then there’s the idea that gets me jazzed to write and I can’t wait to dive in.
If you’re facing this dilemma, here are some of the questions I use when evaluating an idea: