Getting Started for Authors Tip: Tame the Rogue Board Member in Your Mind
The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO, Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.
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Author Tip Transcript
When you begin writing your book you get all sorts of ideas that are sometimes good, sometimes not good; sometimes helpful, sometimes not, that pop in your head at the most inopportune times. Set up a place to store your ideas.
If you’ve ever been a board member or served on a committee (anywhere there’s a group of people together doing a strategy session), and you’re all talking about a topic that appears to be similar and then all of a sudden there’s that rogue board member that throws out an idea that has nothing to do with the topic at hand, you typically say “let’s put that item in the parking lot” (the big post it note, flip chart to put the random idea there for reviewing later, so you can get back to the discussion at hand.)
As you are thinking about and brainstorming your book, there are going to be times when ideas pop in your head that do not relate to the book you’re currently working on. You don’t want to lose those ideas (potentially really good idea(s) that may be useful for a possible future book) so create a parking lot document.
You might want to save and catalog your idea(s) where it’s visible (a large post it note or white board on the wall), or put them in a word document that’s open (to be cut and pasted and edited later) or a draft email, or perhaps a program (like workflowy) that allows you store and categorize ideas, etc., because you don’t want to lose them. You want to get and keep the creative juices flowing. You don’t want to lose sight of the creative ideas that come to you.
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