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capelesswondergirl from Kansas is reading The Morganville Vampires series October 7, 2011 - 6:25pm

After an intolerable span of time where I couldn't come up with anything I find myself with a stack of ideas and more showing up in my brain daily.  Now instead of not having anything to work with I have too much.  How do you all figure out what to explore and what to store?

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 7, 2011 - 7:11pm

I'm fairly new to writing so perhaps you shouldn't take what I say to heart.  I've had the same problem: having too many plot/character/setting ideas for one story.  I keep a notebook where I jot down anything that pops into my mind and sounds even remotely like a story possibility.  When I'm ready to start writing I make myself pick one, and if it's absolutely impossible for me to choose, I number them and pull a number out of a hat.  

A lot of people have told me I shouldn't force myself to write, and that I should wait till I feel inspired, but that doesn't seem to work for me.  The times I get really into my writing are when I sit down to foccus, even it I'm not in the mood.  Most of the time it just takes a few minutes of trying really hard not to be distracted, and then the story just comes out naturally.  

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books October 8, 2011 - 11:47am

I make notes on all my ideas. I have two right now that I think will be pretty good, but I am powering through a draft with a self imposed dead line and have two partially finished manuscripts on the back burner, so I can't invest time in the two ideas (one will require a lot more development than the other). So I have just made simple notes on them in places I can easily revisit when something is nagging me.

When I have a lot of ideas and no direction, I just read through my notes and sleep on it--I repeat until something starts playing in my brain and I can put more down than a few notes, and I roll from there.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 8, 2011 - 11:42am

When I have lots of ideas, I write.

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 10, 2011 - 10:51pm

Ideas come and go which is a huge problem of mine so whenever anything and I mean ANYthing I quickly jot it on my notes. The best thing to get me writing is compile my most desired ideas and start a detailed outline usually consisting strings of random assortments leading to my first phases of writing.