Tuesday, March 9, 2010

So, I had this brilliant idea

I had a great idea for a blog post.

It's somewhere in my morning pages but I'm too lazy to go look it up.  Besides, I seem to remember that it would take a long time to actually write, and write well.  That's time I don't really have today.  So, I'm not sure where I'm going with this blog post.

Oh, I remember the topic idea.  Yeah, you'll get it next week so I actually have time to write it out.  It's sort of related to my bright shiny new idea that I got last week.

About ideas.  See, for me, they're really just these little seeds that can sometimes take on a life of their own.  This new shiny idea I have was a dream I had the other night.  Really only the concept of the dream can be used since the entire thing took place in my garage.  Not exactly the most interesting setting for a full novel.

But I'm excited about this idea.  I think I have project ADD and shiny-object syndrome.  I love the development process of an idea.  There's this stage for me with an idea where nothing has been solidified and so anything could go.  My brain works a thousand miles a second and there are always little nuances and things that pop into my head.  For each project I have a binder filled with blank notepaper.  I write down all the little inspirations and eventually make sense of them.  They'll cohere into a solid backstory and mythology for the book.  It's just going to take a while.

My plans while I research for bright, shiny new idea?  Well, I'm going to keep reading for a while.  And revising Oracles Promise.  But I hope to have OP ready for betas in about two to three weeks.  At which point I'll go take a look at Lodestar again and start drafting it.  And researching more for the new idea.

Did I say my new idea is going to take a lot of research?  Because it is.  But that's okay because I have access to lots of resources for that research.  Like an entire university library.  But that's beside the point.


  1. Shiny things are hard to resist. Good luck with the new idea! :)

  2. Yea! New ideas are so fun to flesh out. I love research too.

  3. New ideas always seem like marvelous ideas, especially when the other option is revising another project ONE MORE TIME. ;)

  4. Good luck with your new idea. I love new ideas, but I wish they had better timing sometimes.

  5. I totally have project ADD, so I know exactly where you're coming from on this one. Unfortunately. :)

  6. As I chug along in my morning pages I'm excited that yours are leading you places. Since I'm not allowed to re-read mine yet...I'm optimistic that when I do, maybe I'll find something intriguing! Good for you Stephanie.

  7. Laura, aren't they though? It's so ridiculously hard to keep myself from just jumping headlong into the new idea without doing the necessary research.

    Nisa, research is totally fun when it's a subject you want to learn about.

    Emily, agreed. Unfortunately, this is the first time I've ever seriously edited any project.

    Susan, I hear that one. Why can't the new ideas come when there's nothing else that needs to be done?

    Elana, project ADD is definitely a hindrance at times.

    Liza, I reread my morning pages all the time. Mostly just skimming to catch the little plotting ideas that crop up when I write them. I love doing morning pages. Most of the time. I've been pretty spotty lately on getting them done.

  8. Good luck with getting your manuscript ready for betas!

  9. Hehe, lovely post! I like to see how other people handle new ideas. Some of us jump right in. I usually just shove things into the back of my brain. If they last after a few months or a year, I know it's worth pursuing. :)


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