3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank by Janice L Dick

3 Tips to Filling the Idea Bank

Where do our ideas come from? Best answer: everywhere.

I’m visiting with friends and someone mentions a strange circumstance that intrigues me. Or talks about a quirky character they met. Or refers to a larger-than-life experience they read about online. These are all fodder for the idea mill.

First lesson: Be observant. Listen. Imagine how this or that can be recreated in our writing.

Sometimes good ideas slip away on me because I’m not convinced they are novel-worthy. Can I build an entire book around a particular idea? Will it really fit into my plan without messing it up? Perfectionist tendencies show up and may need to be squelched in order to give the brain free reign to imagine the possibilities.

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Summer Inspiration by Janice L Dick

Ahhh! Summer is here—finally—and I can kick back and relax. Oh, wait. I have a book to write, blogs to schedule, social media to follow.

And…my garden needs weeding again, small as it is. And…it takes me about three hours to mow the grass on our large farmyard. And…the flowers need to be watered often this year because it’s so dry. And, oh yes, the raspberries will be ready to pick in a couple of weeks, every other day for an hour or so. Did I mention that our grandkids on the neighboring farm are out of school and like to ride over on their bikes to visit us?

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