Hi, I’m a writer. I thought it was prudent to state the obvious at this time.
Not too long ago, but long enough that I don’t remember when it was, I decided that it would be a good idea to keep a list of all my story ideas in a word document. It’s in google docs so that I can access it from any computer or my smartphone. (I know, I’m a genius). I started doing this because I know that if I don’t write down an idea, whether it’s good, bad, interesting, weird, conventional, or whatever else, I’m quite likely to forget it. We have to many things clamoring for attention. I’ve forgotten enough story ideas to know that this is a real thing that happens. It may not be the most pressing problem, but for a writer it is frustrating.
I currently have:
- 17 novel concepts
- 5 short story concepts
- one note to just write microfiction pieces as I come up with the ideas
Then, there’s a different file, containing:
- 9 plot summaries for modern fairy tales
… making a total of 31 story ideas. This does not include a whole bunch of partially-written stories and first drafts that still need work before they can be allowed to have contact with readers.
I’m sure I have forgotten countless other ideas and will continue to think up, write down, and forget many more.
This should be my most important to-do list. I suppose it is. But it should also be the most urgent, and it is not, because attempting to be a responsible adult takes that spot.