The Word Queen
Bringing Books To Life
Writing, Publishing & Book Marketing
Today we're going to focus on watering your seeds, so you can watch your ideas thrive.
Now's the time to gather your list of ideas and decide which ones you would like to explore further. It's best not to pick a huge number at this stage, so whittle them down and select your three or four favourite. Try not to look at these ideas just from your own personal tastes. Remember that your idea has to possess a commercial edge to work well in the big wide world out there. Will it impress publishers and agents? Would you feel proud telling the biggest publishing companies about it, and feel confident it would work?
Here are some ways you can decide exactly which idea to go for, out of your three of four pre-selected ones.
Write A Press Release
Write a press release for each idea to check that the final book will sell well, even just as a concept. A press release is a one-page news story that elaborates on your book and proves that it is unique and worth looking at. Your press release gives your book a chance to get noticed. Any idea that can't stand out on a press release is too risky to follow up.
Ensure Your Idea Is Big Enough
By this I mean make sure that you can create enough gripping content to fill 250 - 500 pages, or however long you want your book to be. It's easier for experienced authors to work this out than new ones.
After you've completed the two steps above you should now have one glistening idea in your head, which is THE ONE; the idea which is going to lead you to produce a best-selling book.
As we're focusing on fiction books here, the next stage is to determine your characters. This is all part of the watering process, so that your idea grows and becomes stronger. Characters are what make a fiction book. They bring it to life and are the elements with which readers associate themselves the most. Sometimes they might see themselves in a particular character, or an element which is the same as their best friend.
Mentally focus on your idea as much as possible throughout each day. Think about it before you go to sleep at night and mull over it first thing in the morning. Focus is a remarkable thing. Think back to when you were a child. Did you ever play the game with the magnifying glass and the sun in the garden? When you held the magnifying glass so the sun reflected off it for a long enough period of time, the leaves underneath would start burning, right?
Well the same happens with our ideas and our focus. Focus on something for long enough and hard enough and doors open. In the case of a small idea, it then develops into a much bigger one with little or no effort on your part - all you need to do is hold it in your mind! Eventually your little idea sees will transform into a fully grown tree.
The branches, or sub ideas of your main idea are just as important as thinking of the idea in the first place. Don't get lazy at this stage, as otherwise the rest of the process would have been a waste of your time. Sub ideas can hold the jewel to real success.
Repeat the brainstorming exercise in step one, but this time using the same process to find sub ideas. Write your main idea at the top of a sheet of paper and for twenty minutes or so write down all the related ideas you can think of. These sub ideas are what can eventually help to make up your storyline, plot and theme.
Your ideas will grow as and when you allow them to. Use the power of your mind to focus on your ideas and watch them branch into different directions.
Love & Light
The Word Queen xxx