If the length of the title doesn’t clue you in, I have words, words, words all over the place. (“Because I was afraid of worms, Roxanne! Worms!”)
Ever have one of those days where it seems like you get a million story ideas, each one better than the last, so good you’re tempted to abandon your current WIP and the work you planned to start next and start on the new idea?
I’ve had two days like this now. Last night I couldn’t get to sleep I was so excited. Now I am literally bussing like a cokehead over a different idea. (Also maybe caffeine is involved.) Seriously. I was reading something and a random sentence jumped out at me and a whole book fell into my head.
It’s great. It’s also really, really bad and dangerous. You know why?
Reread that second paragraph. See the part where it says, “you’re tempted to abandon your current WIP and the work you planned to start next…”? Get it now?
I would be more excited about this burst of creativity, but part of me is convinced it’s that nasty little sneak, the Subconscious Fear of Failure, working in combination with Old Lazy. If I never finish another book, I’ll never sell another book, but I can keep writing newer and better ideas! The next one will surely be the one I finish, right? Of course! Why wouldn’t I finish a book with such fantastic potential, the book sure to rocket me to the top of the NYT bestseller list?
I’ll tell you why. Because halfway through that-once I’m through my clever opening and the story is really getting going, I’ll get a little bored because that first burst of excitement will fade, and I’ll decide it all sucks, and instead of working through it so I can get to the point where I know it doesn’t suck again, I’ll start something else! Something better! Something…shiny.
Plus…there’s The Shield on DVD to watch. I’m a much better writer after I’ve watched Vic Mackey kick some ass for a couple of hours, right? Or after a little snack. Or maybe a movie. Then a cigarette. Then they might show a good rerun of Frasier or something. And next thing you know…thassright. I’ve writte 200 words and wasted my whole evening.
So while part of me is way, way excited about this new story, I’m not going to hurry up and start writing it (except for as much of the plot I can get, written in longhand–which is how I always do my synopses before starting work) until it’s had some time to sit in my head and I can be sure it isn’t just my Sneaky Sub trying to distract me, magpie-like, with Shiny New Story Ideas.
Some Random Notes:
So excited! I almost hit 30 comments on my last post (and I haven’t forgotten about Part 2, or the Kick Ass Heroines, or any of the other stuff. It’s all written down where I won’t lose it, I promise, and besides, that shit’s in my head all the damn time anyway.) I know it’s actually more like 27 because I had that lame-ass spammer show up, but still. It’s more than I’ve ever had. Simple minds, simple pleasures, you know. That was a very cool simple pleasure for me.
And on that note, sometime in the next few days I plan to update my links (adding, not removing). SO if you want to link to me and would like me to link to you, let me know. It might be good to keep in mind that I do read the blogs I link to every day, and that generally they are the only blogs I read. I go through them one by one (although, as I say on the sidebar, in no particular order). If you’re not there, I probably won’t check yours, just because I either have to dig through comments every time or I have to bookmark you and I always forget to bookmark. So either comment or shoot me an email.