How to write your book step 209
Rehash old ideas.
Is there an idea that you started to write out a while back but it just sort of bled out into nothing? You never finished it, but it never really went away? It’s still there occasionally popping into your mind, even though you haven’t given it any real thought? It’s totally okay to use that idea. To open it back up. You could completely re write it. You could incorporate it into whatever you are working on right now. It might not be the best idea you’ve ever had, but on the other hand, it won’t go away so you might as well put it to use.
Maybe you’ve completely forgotten about something and then one day you will be rummaging through your old stuff and find a story you wrote in primary school about you and your best friend of the time. Maybe it’s terrible. Maybe it should be left to rot under your bed. Or, maybe, it might be harboring brilliant secrets that one more rewrite will unleash.
It’s okay to do the same thing over and over again. It’s okay to use the same ideas in different ways. You will get different results each time. Don’t be afraid to look back at your old writing. Just don’t get stuck there forever.
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Rewrite.