How many times have you seen something, done something, or thought something and said, “That would make a good novel.”
Lily King muses on this thought in an article in the NY Times, 24 July 2014:
That would make a good novel. It’s a thought you have regularly as a novelist. You go out to a friend’s house for dinner and you overhear a small, loaded exchange between her and her husband in the kitchen and a whole story starts spooling out while you are tossing the salad you bought. You don’t write it down and by morning the idea is gone, washed away like the rest of the flotsam that seemed for a delusional moment to be able to carry several hundred pages, but ends up bobbing off somewhere mentally inaccessible.
You can see the entire article at NYTimes.com: That Would Make a Good Novel.
King is right on. Record the idea immediately — easy to do with any tech device. How many good ideas or just the “right” word have you lost lately?
My best ideas come during my sleep. If I don’t write them down immediately upon awakening, they’re gone — just like a dream.