Writing A Book: Managing Ideas

Ever wonder how authors manage ideas? It's usually easy to find ideas. The trick is to know which are great.
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 40 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

Sometimes we all get overwhelmed by the flow of ideas. Creative people are often distracted by ideas about new projects while they are working on their current project. Sometimes the opposite is true, that we worry about not having any ideas.

It's not just creative people who face this challenge, business owners also get distracted by the bright shiny ideas that crowd out their focus on the current business strategy.

Ideas come when you are not prepared to manage them and your mind becomes occupied with worry about losing them.

This course will give you the tips, tools and techniques to manage that stream of ideas.

The course focuses on using the knowledge for writing projects and you'll learn,

  • To recognize how you generate ideas
  • To manage you time to allow you to assess the ideas that come
  • To translate ideas into action through an assessment process
  • To help you learn the process, there are two examples, and a tool that you can use to walk through the assessment of good ideas.

If you are tired of running after every idea, this course will help by training your muse to give you great ideas.

What are the requirements?

  • none, this is for anyone who needs help focusing on the right new ideas

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, you'll know how to turn ideas into actionable plans
  • manage the flow of ideas
  • generate ideas if needed
  • assess the strength of the idea
  • develop a plan to use the idea for a book

Who is the target audience?

  • writers who need to manage ideas
  • anyone who is overwhelmed with a flow of ideas that they need to manage

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Turning ideas into stories.

This is  quick introduction to me and why I'm qualified to teach this course

Section 2: Ideas: managing the flow and generation

The problem with ideas is that they come at the most inconvenient time. Usually when you don't have a chance of capturing them.


Managing the flow of ideas is all about the process you access. In this lesson we walk through the process.

Section 3: The process of managing the flow
Where to find your ideas

A few tips on time management so you can make the most of your precious writing time.


In this lesson we'll develop a story idea from my files to show the process.

Section 4: Examples
Walking through my process for a new series
2 pages

This document is intended to prompt you through the process of assessing story ideas. It is also attached as supplementary material


A walk is a great way to generate ideas or solve problems. This videos is a sample of what I see on my walk to show you that it's not the ideal serene nature walk we all want, but it still works. 


A quick summary of what we've covered, along with an example of managing business ideas.

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Instructor Biography

Perry Wilson, Author and Project Manager

Perry Wilson lives in New Westminster, BC and writes under the pen name P.A. Wilson. She is a project management consultant and has more than 30 years of people and project management wisdom to share.

As an author, her love of fantasy and mystery led her to reactivate her lifelong drive to tell stories at the age of 50. Participating in National Novel Writing Month in 2008 woke the author in her resulted in the first Madeline Journey: Off Track.

Since then, she's advised and mentored budding authors on how to take the next step toward getting published.

As a member of both the Vancouver Writer's Social Group and The Federation of B.C. Writers, she has developed a method of uncovering the writing style of an author and helping them blossom.

As a Project Management Consultant, she has helped clients manage people through massive organizational change and delivered projects ranging from construction of new buildings to improving operational efficiency.

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