I’ve noticed that I have a lot of ideas for short stories, scripts, art and other things of that ilk. As such, some of them are able to grow into something that I’m very proud of. But what of the ideas that are left, forlorn and unfinished? I’m a firm believer that there are no bad ideas, just bad ideas, just bad execution. I’m going to use this blog to detail how I handled “bad” ideas.
Chose the Medium
I feel that a big part of a story being told is the medium in which it is presented. However, I didn’t always think like that. I remember a story idea I had a little over two years ago. At that time, I wanted everything I though of to be a comic. But the story itself didn’t really mesh well in the execution. I decided to write it, thinking that that would make it easier for me to take the next step in turning it into a comic. However, I found that it was much better suited as a short story. This type of thinking could help when trying to decide on what to do with abandoned ideas. Maybe, the idea just needs to be presented differently. I’d like to add that this isn’t to say that a work can’t be made through multiple media. It’s just a matter of executing it.
Take a Break
I know that this is said very often on my blogs, but I do feel that this is very helpful. There are times that I want to give up on an idea, and almost would have had I not taken a break from the work. Giving yourself time helps with two main things. One of the main ones is that it gives you time to really think about what you personally feel is wrong with the work. I know that once I gave myself two weeks or so, I was able to get out of my own head and have the ability to pinpoint what it was that was bothering me. It also helped reduce the level of stress and frustration that I might have been feeling when first writing.
One of the main reasons that an idea ends up being abandoned, for me, was because I was taking things too seriously. In some of these situations, it was almost as if I had forgotten why I do these creative outlets in the first place. I had lost sight of the fun that I had in writing which made the ideas more frustrating for me. But when I let loose and simply had fun with an idea, it was able to flourish.
I hope these tips are helpful!