Story ideas need time to ferment and grow. That’s just one reason why it’s not recommended to follow the newest shiniest idea right away. It needs time to germinate and build–usually in the subconscious.
The idea for my Weird Oz Story started a year ago, but I’m starting to question whether it’s really quite ripe yet.
On the other hand, Adventures in YA Publishing this week reminded me of something else:
“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life