New Ideas and Rushing

Why does it seem like new ideas always arrive when I’m busy working on my existing WiP? About a week ago, I got a brilliant (it certainly seemed brilliant at the time) new idea from a dream. I remembered almost every detail of it, and I wrote it down and added to it to make it more realistic and less dream-like (that is also how a few of my other stories started).

The sad thing is, this is an idea I’d really like to work on, but I don’t really have the time to work on it and I fear that if I wait too long to work on it, that I won’t have the same enthusiasm for the idea. A writer’s dilemma, I suppose. I’m sure most of you guys have felt the same way.

I was thinking that I might wait until April, so I can use that idea for Camp NaNoWriMo, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided I didn’t want to do that. Most of my new stories have been written for NaNoWriMo; thus, they’ve all been scribbled down in a month and rushed. I think the last time I actually wrote a new story and didn’t “rush” was THE ARCHIVES, and that story took a year to write. To this day, it is one of my favorites.

So with this idea, whenever I find the time to write it, I don’t want to “rush” through the first draft. I want to give myself more than just one month to write and develop it.

6 thoughts on “New Ideas and Rushing

  1. I think an important thing to remember is that no matter how long or short it takes to write a novel, you’re going to have good days and bad days. Your enthusiasm won’t always be there. So it’s best not to leap into something purely because of enthusiasm. Always finish the job at hand, that’s what I always say!

    I often find if I jump to a new project because of my enthusiasm for it, within 10,000 words it’s gone and I’m left in the dark. My old project is abandoned, and returning to it would be accepting defeat (I refuse to do that!), whereas continuing with the new one seems foolish and impossible.

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    1. With me, if I actually start something, I’m more inclined to finish it even if I do lose enthusiasm. But if I don’t start at all, I can more easily give up on the idea.

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  2. I know what you mean. Different stories demand different processes. I’m still torn over what project to work on next. And one of them I seem to be writing backwards (I have a lot of the ending done already), which is not good if you’re trying to publish serially. But if that’s how this one has to be written, then I’m cool with that.

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  3. There seems to be at least two personalities needed for good writing. One is that Oooh! Oooh! side that gets overtaken with this great idea. The other is the realist that sits down and straightens the story out so it makes sense to others.

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