Clay, I tend to be rather ‘spiritual’ about these matters. For example, I choose to believe when we write on spec, we should be on the look-out not only for what we believe to be the best and strongest story concept, but also the story with which we have the most emotional resonance. Indeed, getting spiritual here, what if we were to think that this story EXISTS, it’s already THERE, and it’s up to us to find it, then trust the process that this is what we are meant to write.
So if that WW2 story REALLY speaks to you, grabs you in full-throated manner, maybe that’s the story you are supposed to write.
Much of this comes back to our gut, by which I mean our CREATIVE gut, our instincts. I was just counseling a writer the other day, advising her to STEP BACK from the hectic world of projects she had on her plate, use the last 12 days of 2016 to reflect on who she is as a creative, go through her list of story ideas, and dwell on is there one which speaks to you NOW? One that rises to the surface of your imagination and emotional self. Hopefully she’s going through this 10 stage process via the blog, which is what I recommended.
We can get so caught up in the busy-ness of our lives, it’s important to take time to reflect on who we are and who we want to be.
Let me know if this 10 step process reveals anything to you when we get to the end of the week…