Just like other aspiring authors, I do my best to follow the publishing industry. If check some of the blogs I follow you will see that the slush pile is a perpetual burden of tedium under which agents and editors labor. I only recently realized that, as a writer, I have a slush pile of my own.
I hate losing good ideas. I try to carry some type of notepad with me wherever I go so I can write down ideas as they occur. I keep a stack of 3x5 cards on my nightstand so I can write ideas that pop up in the middle of the night (I find the 3x5s work better because it lets me easily separate ideas by the story to which they apply). The problem is that I have too many ideas, concepts, and partially written scenes. The pile of paper on the edge of my desk is now four inches tall. This is my writer’s slush pile.
I could spend a whole week just getting the ideas I’ve scratched out into an electronic form. Who wants to do that? There is too much to do. I’m between jobs so need to put some time into that. I need to finish some final tweaks on Avarice’s Hoard. I need to finish the outline for the new project I started to get a break from Avarice’s Hoard.
And yet the pile of ideas sits there taunting me, challenging me to dig through it, to remember those moments of inspiration. I have yet to find a satisfactory means for addressing this issue.
If you have found a way of dealing with your writer’s slush pile please share. I need ideas for managing my ideas.