It doesn’t hurt to write down or create a file on your computer for those little jewels. But say you have just one idea you’re pretty excited about. What do you do with it? How do you know it’s marketable? Will it be appealing to anyone at all?
Here’s my take. Don’t worry about it. You can’t possibly judge what will sell and what won’t. When Harry Potter came out, market experts said you can’t write another Harry Potter. Well, guess what? A bunch of people did. And some of those books did well and some of those tanked. How many counting books are out there now? A ton. Alphabet books? a billion. Animal books? A billion and one. Rhyming books? A trillion. Does that mean you won’t be able to sell yours because the shelves are already crowded with them? No, it doesn’t. So what’s the C Liu opinion on what idea is good or bad? It’s a good idea if you have a passion to write it. It’s a bad one if you don’t. But please note: there are some things you might want to do to make sure your idea has its best chances before you even begin to write. I’ll go into that soon.
Now let’s move on to some more important stuff like step two – know the market.