"The value of an idea is in the using of it" - Thomas EdisonThis weekend I took a step back from my WIP to look at the overall structure and where the story was headed. Did I have enough conflict? Were my hero and heroine behaving in character? Did my story fit the line I was targeting? Was the Black Moment, black enough? What did my characters learn? Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees when I'm in the middle of writing it.
I filled up pages of my large notebook. Unfortunately, most of those pages were dedicated to new ideas. I wrote out basic plot ideas for three new books. I can add these to the pile of other index cards and notebooks I have filled with more story ideas than I'll ever have time to write. I don't know how this happens. Many days my brain feels lethargic and very non (or un?) creative. It's as if I'm walking through quick sand as I try to resolve my story problems. Other days, like this weekend, my brain seems to fire on all cylinders and the ideas keep popping into my head. I wish I could harness that energy every day and focus it on my current story. I did come up with several different ways of reworking my current MS into a totally different story.
A successful published author in my RWA chapter with many published works under her belt, says that the hardest part of writing for her is coming up with story ideas. That she doesn't think of the new stories until the current one is complete.
Do you have more ideas than you have time? Or do you work out one idea at a time and focus completely on that until it's time to move to the next project?