By Richard Jay Parker
I recently had a conversation that will be familiar to a lot of writers. You're at a social gathering, somebody finds out what you do and says 'I've got an idea for a book.' Alternatively, 'I've been around the block - you could write a book about me.' They then reel with histrionic shock if you say anything that doesn't sound exactly like 'Great. I'll go away and write it for you and we'll split the gazillions we make fifty fifty.'
It's the equivalent of approaching a research scientist and saying 'I've got a great idea for something to cure.'
There are some truly great ideas for books but everything is in the execution.
For me ideas are the fun part of writing. When you're properly ensconced in writing a book or rewriting for the umpteenth time it's a process that seems like a distant memory.
But that's why we're called writers and not thinkers. Turning an idea into a short story or novel is the hardest part.
I've just finished another rewrite and while I await feedback am formulating some new ideas - assembling the contents for another book. It's a vital and enjoyable preamble to all the work ahead.
A bit like a mountaineer packing his backpack...
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