Some marathoners (including me) ask, “What’s the point of writing PBs that are stinkers or total duds?”
Well the hope is:
Even stinkers can morph into something worthwhile--partially or wholly.
A daily writing routine can help us access story ideas and create “muscle memory” for essential elements of a storyline.
Story ideas that clutter our brains can be “tested” to see if they work. I waste a lot of creative energy stewing over the same ideas (sometimes for years) without putting them to the test. So if the ideas turn out to be duds, at least we've cleared our brains for new ideas.
Mary Kole, an agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, states that only one in ten PB ideas of her clients is saleable. So the more ideas we try out, the greater our chance of creating a gem. Here’s a link to her discussion: http://kidlit.com/2011/01/12/how-soon-do-i-query-again/
We never know for sure whether an idea will turn out to be a dud or a gem until we try. Just like in a box of assorted chocolates, we can’t tell for sure which are the sickly-sweet, pinkly-pink, marshmallow-gooey ones and which are the gems, until we take a bite!
Speaking of chocolates . . . . gotta go.
Happy writing and chocolating!
PS Be sure to check out the Story Starters link listed on the Homepage if you are struggling for ideas.