Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The lure of the shiny new idea

If you're a writer...

You've probably had this happen to you. You're slogging away at revisions on your last manuscript (in my case, written in 2016 and revised a few times in 2017 before I was laid low by illness). And you're trying to make it better, stronger, more compelling, when you're struck by... THE SHINY NEW IDEA!

Yep. That's what happened to me. I quickly started a new notebook for ideas and scribbled down everything that occurred to me. It filled, oh, about three pages.

Then I waited....

And waited... Days went by. Then weeks.

And nothing else occurred to me. Having a shunt in my head makes me feel like all the creativity is being sucked out of my brain.


When a Shiny New Idea fizzles, what do YOU do?


4 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I've been there! When the shiny new idea fizzles, I move on to the next thing, or to an old thing that needs revising. Every now and then I later end up going back to that old, shiny new idea with renewed inspiration.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I've thought of going back and revising the previous ms again, but the thought of it kinda hurts right now!

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  2. Happens to me all the time. I just put it aside and hope it calls me back someday and go on to the next. Creativity is so elusive.

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