What if?

Here’s a common sentence in my life: “Hey, Tanya! I thought of the next book you can write!”

My dad has suggested, multiple times, that I write a book explaining how people can leave their busy city lives and settle successfully in a small town.

My mother suggested last week that I write 50 What If Questions, explaining a random collection of strange and wonderful facts.

My friend Dwight proposed a new blue jeans website, preferably sponsored by Levis.

Now, I’m not saying these are bad ideas. But there’s a sort of synergy that has to happen between writer and idea. It’s sort of like relationship chemistry. If it’s not there, you’re just not going to be willing to put in six months of work.

On the other hand, I always find myself listening. Because “What if” it’s Idea Mr. Right?

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