• Fred Charles

Good Ideas Take Time



If you’re like me, you get ideas for new creative endeavors all the time. I can’t count the number of times that a new idea strikes while taking a shower or lying in bed in the middle of the night. In the old, dark ages when I first started writing, I would either stop working on my current novel to start the new idea or worse, I would jam it into my WIP. My first novel, the awful God-Maker is a stew of thrown together ideas that I should have left on the back burner or tossed in the trash.


As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to file away any new ideas that do not pertain to my current project. I have a book where I write down the idea and leave it be for months. I’ll indulge the idea for a day or two at most, capture all of my thoughts and enthusiasm and then put the idea on the back-burner until the time is right.

About a year ago, I had an idea for a ghost story—it came from a dream. I was so excited by the idea that I spent the next week thinking about it. What I realized was that like most new ideas, my ghost story was only half-baked, meaning that I have a tiny nugget, and until the rest of the story presents itself, it will stay on the back-burner of my mind, simmering until it’s ready to be served.

Good idea take time.

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