I love this piece of advice from Benjamin Percy, which is featured in the latest bulletin from Glimmer Train. It’s one of those things I wish all writers could learn right away:
Most writers are conservative. By that I mean they lock their best ideas in a vault and take pleasure in the richness of their stores, like misers with their money. Maybe you have Moleskines full of hastily scribbled notes. Or a corkboard next to your desk messy with images, structural blueprints, articles ripped from magazines. Or at the very least a folder on your computer labeled Stuff.
For every story or essay or poem you write, you withdraw one image, two characters, maybe three of the metaphors you have stockpiled—and then slam shut the vault and lock it with a key shaped like a skeleton’s finger.
I used to be the same way, nervously rationing out my ideas.
Click here to read the full piece, and find out why you should go ALL IN.