She laments that she is dismissing ideas without giving them a chance.
I'm afraid I err on the other side of the spectrum of ideas: I'll write anything down in my mystical spreadsheet.
Sometimes, I read ideas later and find them lame, embarrassing, maybe even stupid.
That being said, while I write all my ideas down, I don't choose to pursue them all.
Something happens with time, when the idea cooks a little, that can take it to a place worth pursuing.
That's what I love about the spreadsheet, holding my ideas in place until they're ready, or I'm ready, but hopefully both.
Sometimes moving from idea to pitch is the hard part for me.
Margo writes this week about how the third character in the pitch can say a lot about a pivotal change in plot.
She and Sophia both are great about turning out true pitches, whereas I've come up with lots of great ideas, but I haven't pushed them beyond the one-line stage.
So, I thought I'd share a real pitch today. It's not a new idea. I hope it will be the follow-up to my first bug-girl book. A post I found long ago that has helped me envisioning pitches, and even queries, can be found on the edittorrent blog here.
So, here goes, but be warned, it's pretty rough:
Bea and Mila are hunting a ghost at the Mulberry Bed and Breakfast. When they find a packet of letters in the attic about an abandoned silkworm plantation, they think they've found her identity. But can they understand what she lost, and what she wants now, before it's too late?
What tools do you use to write pitches?
How do you take ideas from "ideas" to a true development stage?