I just tried dictating an article about an idea I had and it went off the rails. Unusable in its present state.
However I keep a file. It is a list of topics and similar half-baked ideas like the one I’m going to put in it.
The name of that file is “IDEAS.”
Makes it easy to find in my computer.
What I’ve seen over time is that when I scan the file looking for something I may come across that pile of wreckage and figure out how to turn it into something good.
It ain’t all home runs and candy canes.
The difference between the writer I am now and the one I used to be is just that I do it every day. I don’t mourn the loss of a good idea.
It’ll get tucked away and I may revisit it at sometime in the future or I may combine it with something else. It’s all good.
The way I look at it now I’m just strolling along putting out lots of good stuff – and when something doesn’t work I file it away..
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