Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Idea and Unfinshed WiPs.

So I'm in the shower last night...my life dreams seem to be washing down the drain along with my Suave strawberry scented shampoo and it hits me.

No not the bottle of shampoo...but a new idea for a book.

Can you f'ing believe it? So far I have 3 unfinished WIP's that I can't even fathoming finishing this year and here comes this idea shuffling its way into my already massacred life. What's odd is that it seems so clear. I'm excited about it in the way you are when you get a new puppy. Its all cute and happy. You want to squeeze it make up stupid names....until it pisses on your carpet and you want to kick in the ribs and drop it in the middle of a desert.

Is this how my new idea will feel once Ive started to write it? Will it be yet another burden? Another cherry to put on my oh so wonderful crap pie?

Or do I embrace the idea? Do I run to it with arms open and just write it? Knowing that I may never get published and I might as well just write whatever crap comes to mind and bludgeon family members and friends with whenever I get the chance?

Sure, it sounds doable.

But then again I can't help but feel the Grim Reaper of failure breathing its rancid fragrance on the back of my neck. If I start this book I may never finish the others..I can hear them now gathering dust, their bad grammar haunting my every thought... the ghost of a not so pleasant past hovering around my life like unpaid property taxes.

What do you do, Dear Blogging Friend...when you have so much unfinished work and come up with a new BETTER idea that you want to write as soon as possible? Do you start the new idea or do you torture yourself with the old one KNOWING that no one will ever read that crap?

18 comments:

  1. I do the same thing but i have to start writing the new stories and planing out the new Idea because those characters will just keep knocking on the door untill I let them in lol Stick with it all, write what you can read no matter what it is. You never know you could always tske things from one story and put it into another and make it even better. Love L xox

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  2. I write down the new idea, set it aside and let it fester. By the time I'm done -- meaning thoroughly fed up -- with my current WiP, the idea as festered enough to be well-formed and ready to go!

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  3. So far I've only had one idea good enough to follow through to novel length completion. When a new one does strike me I write it down, generally an opening page or paragraph or whatever. Then I get back to revising the one whose first draft I actually managed to finish.

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  4. Write it, it is fresh from the shower,"TIS A SIGN I SAY."
    Freshly reborn in your mind, where the others may have lost their glitter (just ask King Henry the VIII)You can have as many manuscripts as you like going...
    It is fresh, and you seem in a better mood,and maybe you will be able to create with a fresh start,by gleaning off the other works in progress.
    Mad Hatter

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  5. Embrace! Never let a good idea go to waste:)

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  6. Get a digital voice recorder if you can and save your ideas! And when you're less busy you can type them out? ;p

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  7. Just found you from the Shooting Stars blog and had to grin about your post, because of course I just had a new idea hit me over the head - not in the shower, but on my morning walk right before the shower.

    Now I don't get new ideas very often, so I guess I don't quite have the same problem as you. I was so excited I immediately started writing. But it's more of an outline, just to keep my ideas fresh. Then I went back to my WIP, but I'm still going check my outline every few days, to see if I can generate any more ideas... so that when November's NANOWRIMO comes around, I'll have something substantial to build on.

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  8. I have a file for new ideas & I stick them in there for when I'm done with a current project. I don't let myself write them out - just bullets & cool nuggets.

    You're blessed to be one of those with a lot of great ideas, but I also think it can be a challenge. Good luck finding what works best for you!

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  9. I always have this problem when I'm struggling with my writing. I think it is the brain's sneaky way of getting out of something difficult. Hey, instead of slugging through my first draft, which I'm convinced is the worst thing written in the history of the English language, I could play with this new shiny idea instead!
    But, if we always did that then we'd never finish anything. So I vote for writing down your idea and then going back to your WIP. Get it done and then move on to the next idea!

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  10. In fact, I have a new puppy... And - when you really invest in a new puppy, 'a dog is for life, not just for Christmas'. So - I'd say, if you really think your last WIP wasn't a puppy at all but a stuffed toy, leave it. If the new idea is a live puppy, follow through...and FINISH! Three or four WIP's in, you need to finish something. Like the guy said, coming down alive from Everest is as important as climbing it. Good luck!

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  11. When that happens to me, I write everything I know in a summary, and maybe a paragraph or page to start. Then I hit "Save". I like to complete what I start. If you have three manuscripts in various stages, then you need to follow through with at least one of them.

    I heard somewhere that beginnings are easy. And it's true!

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  12. I finally posted the award you gave me!!! Thank you so much.

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  13. I'm going through this right now. I have several outlined projects eager for me to start the first draft, but I'm still banging away at the edits of my wip that I'd thought was finished . . . until I started querying it. Apparently crit partners and beta readers don't always know when your book is ready. Agents do. Fortunately one told me not to give up on it. That I could requery her after I hone my skill some more (I'm taking two writer workshops). Yes, it's getting better. Much stronger. But the outlines for my other books are sitting there, pouting, demanding attention. Oh what's a writer to do? ;)

    Great post!

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  14. Is it mean that the way you write about handling your crap pie makes me laugh? I hope not. I love your blog.

    It's great when a new idea comes along, but when other stuff is still waiting...ugh! I usually write it down as scene outlines as they come, while I'm still plugging away at the old stuff.

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  15. I came over because of a reccomendation from Bethany at Shooting Stars and she's right, your stuff is hilarious.

    When I get a new idea I do the same thing that Theresa suggested. I write out as complete of a summary or outline as I can manage, typing as fast as my fingers can fly for as long as the words keep coming. Then I return to my WIP and hope that when I finally get back to the new idea there will still be some of those new idea sparkles left. Good luck!

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  16. First of all I am freakin' so excited that I got so many comments!! I opened this this morning and alomst passed out it was so exciting!! Thank you guys for all your great advice and pointers. Majority rules and even though I really want to write the new idea I'm going to finish the old WIPS because I trust you guys. Thanks so much for helping me with this!!! ALL OF YOU ROCK!!

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  17. Ooh, a new strawberry-scented idea! How exciting!

    I do think you need to buckle down and finish what you're working on. It can help you learn and make you that much better when it's time for Strawberry-Scented Idea to take centre stage!

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  18. Ack, this has happened to me too! Once I even tried to write the new idea first, then ended up going back to the first. It was all too confusing.

    I'd suggest jotting it all down ASAP and adding to it whenever you have a new ideas for it, but finish the first novel beforehand. That way it gives you a bit of incentive. Definitely finish what you're working on, though.

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