Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Whip-It UP Wednesdays!

Happy Hump Day!!

I'm so ready for the weekend. Two days of swim lessons and no naps is literally frying my brain. So, I was very surprised when an story idea hit me like a sonic blast. Talk about a light bulb moment. :)

The concept flared while I was driving, naturally, and luckily enough I had my voice recorder. Since I live in the broke-a** state of California, I had to quickly spit out my idea before The Fuzz popped me for driving distracted. LOL It felt awesome to rattle off the details, knowing I would have the raw outline saved in its original framework. *whew*

Of course, now my problem is holding back the urge to focus on THAT story instead of staying on task and finishing my original MS. Isn't it funny how these new story ideas just pop into your noggin without warning and decide to take over. If the idea takes root and hangs out for a few days well, much like visitors and fish, it's gonna start stinkin' up the joint! LOL

So, what do you do when another story idea tries to distract you?

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Nicole McCaffrey said...

Hi Sarah!

Sometimes I go for it! If the idea is coming at me really strong, and if I've been feeling frustrated or dissatisfied with the way my current WIP is going, then I'll make the leap and work on the new one.

Sometimes walking away from the current WIP and focusing on something else is all it takes to help you see it in a new light and realize where you went wrong.

Of course, sometimes the new story takes over completely and you finish it before you finish the current WIP, LOL.

But hey, that's not such a bad thing, is it? A completed MS is a completed MS!

Great topic!

Stephanie McGee said...

I get a binder and fill it with notebook paper. (The binder has to be a different color than all the other binders so that I can differentiate it when a random thought strikes.) I fill the pages with random notes and things like that, letting the idea sit there and simmer until I can sit down to work it out and focus on it.

Good luck with finishing the WiP!