On Writing: Grist


July 26, 2015 by Laird

Every day, I record three or four one-sentence story ideas. No matter how absurd, or unlikely, or fragmentary, every day I write them down.

6 thoughts on “On Writing: Grist

  1. Are these ideas captured during a particular time of day? Or when inspiration strikes?


  2. Laird says:

    Hi, Michael. I keep a file page open and if I read or hear something, into the file it goes. If I’m afield, I mark it down on a post-it. Most importantly, when I’m reading the news or researching a story, I’ve ingrained the habit of recording material.

  3. Fenris Technique says:

    So . . . we haven’t seen a new collection from you since September of 2013, but *every day* you’re merrily jotting down new story ideas.

    Angling for that ‘George RR Martin Productivity Award’, eh?

    • Laird says:

      Yes, but I will have sold around 35-40 stories between 2013 and 2016 (looks like the new collection will arrive next fall). Publishing moves at a glacial pace.

      • Fenris Technique says:

        That’s heartening. I’d hate to see you go the way of T.E.D. Kline. Too often people put out good work and then, for unknown reasons, quit producing. Looking forward to the Fall of 2016, then.

      • Laird says:

        I miss TED. One of the greats and a tragedy he doesn’t write anymore.

        Nah, I am track to sell around 200k of new fiction in 2015. I am typing my fingers to the bone. 😉

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