IWSG: Talking Myself Out Of Ideas


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
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The awesome co-hosts for the September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

I woke up this morning, and–for just a second–I was positive I had missed Insecure Writers’ Support Group. That’s just the way my week has been going. Due to a neighborhood incident, I am now in the process of installing security cameras. No, it’s not a particularly involved process, but it’s been raining just enough to keep me off the roof ever since.

So, onward with insecurities.

I have the general idea of a next project.

Right now, it’s a very vague idea, and I’m not sure if there’s a plot, or just characters. And the premise is a little out there. I’m walking the line between Oh, that is so cool, and Oh, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

There’s a tagline.

It does not help.

I have a way of talking myself out of ideas. Too silly. Too stupid. Too… whatever thing it is that I’d like to avoid being.

I think the only cure is to sit down, shut up, and focus on writing, until the idea is solid enough not to break, when I think about explaining it to someone else.

At any rate, I have an idea… and I’m not telling.


  1. Lee Lowery


    “Oh, that is so cool, and Oh, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard” pretty much sums up every idea I’ve ever had. So I’d definitely go with “sit down, shut up, and focus on writing.” And no need to explain it, or yourself, to anyone else.

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    Happy IWSG Day!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I too have been down that road of installing home security.
    Sometimes I just write down all my ideas, even if they sound crazy. I put them away for a while and then go back. It’s amazing how not crazy many of them turn out to be (yet, some are still duds).

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    I LOVE that line: walking the line between Oh, that is so cool, and Oh, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
    Explains it perfectly!
    Good luck with your new idea!

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    When I get ideas I vacillate between thinking it’s the best thing ever and thinking how stupid it is. I can totally relate 🙂 Have fun with your new idea.

  5. Loni Townsend


    I hope your idea falls on the side of the line of that is so cool. 🙂 You could always try a bit of flash fiction to see if it sounds good and grow it from there.

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    Sorry to hear about that incident that made you put up security cameras. Best of luck with writing it out. You’re right that sometimes that’s the only way!

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