I came across this article on the Erotica Readers & Writer’s website Coming Up with Story Ideas. It’s a good article and there are interesting tips, but do people really have this problem?
Getting and breeding the plotbunnies isn’t a problem for me. I’ve never had a plotbunny shortage au contraire my problem is getting the little beasts some birth control.
What I’m curious about is how do we determine which plotbunnies are worth feeding and which ones need to become stew? I haven’t a clue. I go with the idea that is nibbling the hardest, but that might not be the best idea. When I know I have a publisher for something or I’ve signed a contract, I focus on that one. I will meet my contractual obligations no matter how hard other plotbunnies nibble, but for those times when I’m waiting to hear back from my editor, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what should be my next priority.
At one time, I would prioritize my WIP’s by level of completeness. That fails to help me identify the strongest idea.
So, I come to you with a question: What’s your criteria for prioritizing WIP’s?