I have been trying out something new when it comes to deciding on a new book idea. I type up a synopsis and then write up the first three chapters of the book. Then I have my CP's take a look at it. If you're like me, you have a million book ideas and they all could be really cool.
But the question is whether there are already a hundred books recently published just like my idea. Or is this really something new and innovative? Or would it be something that my CPs are like: WOW! I HAVE TO READ THE WHOLE THING! WHERE'S THE NEXT CHAPTER?
It also feels good to get some of those ideas out on paper. To see how the story might unfold (although it always changes as you start writing it, doesn't it?). Is this the story I want to be spending the next year of my life on?
There is the negative in this. I could be super excited about an idea and then if I get bad feedback on it, I might not be as motivated to complete the next project. I have a lot of writing friends who don't like to share any part of the novel until they've got that first draft finished.
But right now I'm lucky. Since I don't have looming deadlines, I still have the freedom to write what I want and take as long as I want. So I might as well have fun and enjoy it.
Have any of you done anything like this before? I'm curious to see how it worked out for you.