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How To Murder Your Good Ideas

Life is an amazing journey if you choose to do more than survive each day. As we walk beneath the canopy, facing the back and forth of everyday opinions, we are constantly challenged to adopt the beliefs and feelings of others.  In fact, we may often find that the greatest social disgrace is not accepting the most popular opinion, or not having an opinion at all! What we believe, how we feel, and what we perceive to be worth thinking about is constantly in question, ridiculed by those surrounding us. For writers, we also do this to ourselves.

Again and again, I have started a book with an inkling of an idea and an image only to make it fifty pages and decide to start over. I may have developed the perfect setting, the perfect characters, and the perfect plot. Though, there is something about the story being written which mirrors what readers would expect. When writing this way, the writing can appear to be...well, writing.

Writers must be willing to write in the same way that they live to fulfill their dreams. Be satisfied with uncertainty, ambiguity, and mystery. Good ideas have already been written. You have to be willing to change the way you think about the world - to take the road less traveled - and kill your good ideas for better ideas.

Spend some time daydreaming, or reading another book, or exploring the world around you. Look at life through a different lense than the norm, and be okay with telling the story therein. When you are knee-deep in your story and something better comes along, be comfortable with rewriting the story. Sometimes the change is well worth the effort.

Joshua Robertson
Pease Pudding has been missing for nine days. Mr. Eencey Spider and Miss Maggie Muffet are hot on the trail with their prime suspect being Jack Spratt. Haunted by the death of his fiancée, Jack will do anything to please his wife, Joan. But, in the end, only one will be left to lick the platter clean.
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Learn More About the Weekly Fantasy Fix Authors!
Joshua Robertson is a dark fantasy author who enjoys challenging the concept of good and evil.

His bestselling novel, Melkorka, is one of three books currently available in the Thrice Nine Legends saga. 

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Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history.  Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first book, Journey to Aviad, is now free in ebook format everywhere.

Listen to a live interview with Allison!
Renee Scattergood writes Dark fantasy and is currently publishing a serial called, Shadow Stalker. She is also working on the first novel in her series, Savior of the Serpent Isles, due out later this year.

Read more about Renee.
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