The idea that you have to guard your story ideas, lest someone steal them, is a pernicious myth.
How the core idea for my new fantasy novel "Unmortal" spun out into an alternate history of civilization.
How my new novel "Unmortal" started as "a fantasy story that realized it was cyberpunk and woke up screaming".
With many of the stories I've taken up only to abandon, what was most interesting to me about them seemed impossible to communicate to others.
On the dual-world setting and double-life people in 'Welcome To The Fold'.
How my new novel 'Welcome To The Fold' started as an attempt to address roleplaying games in fiction.
The alterna-past setting and backstory for my new novel, 'Fall Of The Hammer'.
How my new novel 'Fall Of The Hammer' started from a project I'd abandoned over twenty-five years ago.
"Don't worry about someone stealing your good ideas. Worry about someone stealing your bad ones!"
Ideas aren't what matter, anyway. Execution is. And beyond that, the habit of executing. But why do we get hung up about great ideas?
I ask of a friend not that we be in absolute harmony, but only that our discord be its own delight.
For fun I sat down and mentally traced the progress of my earlier SF-space-opera thingy Flight Of The Vajra.
Kevin Drum dropped an aphorism worth repeating: "When you write, pretend you’re writing for people you respect."
"There is no reading experience in an idea, only in its execution."
Maybe we need to speak of focus rather than limits.
Most of my unpublished blogging simply isn't fit for public consumption. Here's what most of it is.
How to work with all those ideas swimming around in your head.
Stories abandoned and as yet unwritten have much in common.
With any story, it takes time to "get the conversation" about the story.
Getting your ideas together for a new story can be just that tough.
Why it's so hard for creative people to let go of something they've already sunk so much into.
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