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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 6

Generate Ideas on Demand

One of the biggest mistakes writers make is to hoard their ideas. They come up with an amazing idea, but instead of getting it down on paper, they hover over it like Gollum with his ring, hissing, “My precioussss.” But ideas alone are not all that special. They’re more like subways in New York City: There’s always another on the way. You just have to be patient.

We’re not born with amazing ideas, so we must train ourselves to generate them on demand. Honing this skill takes persistence, patience, and (surprise!) iteration. If you’ve been following the steps in this book, you already have habits and systems for iteration in place. Now you just need to apply these same strategies and techniques to your creativity. ...

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