Are you someone who has a great idea? Perhaps a lot of great ideas? If so, you may have a difficult time deciding what project most deserves your attention.
Having a lot of great ideas is a great problem to have–and it is a problem. It’s hard to succeed when your creativity is spread thin.
How do you decide what to work on?
Here are twelve criteria to help you decide which of your projects should have your attention and focus.
12 Signs That You’ve Got A Great Idea
- You understand why you are the best person to write your idea.
- You can express your story clearly in one sentence.
- You look for opportunities to pitch and learn from people’s reactions.
- You look for flaws in your idea so that you can make it better.
- When you say the title of your project, people’s eyes light up.
- The theme of your story is clear and personally meaningful to you.
- You feel like you have to write it, and you also feel that you get to write it.
- You procrastinate less because you’re excited to get back to writing.
- You know how your story has been written in similar ways before, and you know what makes yours different.
- You have ideas for other projects in the same genre.
- When someone asks you a question about your story that you don’t know how to answer, you see that as an opportunity to improve weak areas in your pitch, your project or both.
- You feel like you’ve become a better writer from working on this project.
Whether you’re writing on assignment or on spec, you can feel confident when you’re connected to the material, excited to get feedback, and feel that writing the project is its own reward.