A New Idea
I always have half a dozen projects on my to do list at any one time without counting the projects I have sitting there that I’m not working on. Right now I have four novels I’m working on editing, three novels I’m trying to get written, and a short story collection. I also have a stack of library books begging to be read next to my reading pile. With all these projects I shouldn’t really have time to think about anything else. But my brain uses distraction when it feels stressed. It will do things like suggest a movie when I should be writing an essay for a class. So, with my endless to do list it comes up with new ideas for stories.
These new ideas are usually great ideas and I would love to see how they play out. There is a certain level of excitement around a new idea, which makes it what my brain wants to work on. But it I just worked on the new ideas, I would never get anything finished. And finishing things is important to me. Lately I have been letting new ideas go, especially if it is an idea for a whole new story. I just don’t have time to work on it.
Sometimes I write the idea down and put it away for a time when I can work on it. But that is becoming something I only do if the idea is really great and I really want to work on it. Like my most recent idea, I’m fifteen hundred words into it. I guess that makes four novels in editing, four in writing, and one short story collection.