Thursday, December 15, 2011
Shiny Idea is Shiny
I think I'm lucky. Or maybe cursed. I have Shiny New Idea Syndrome. My brain churns out story ideas at a pace which I could not possibly keep up with, not unless I turned into some writer cyborg. Usually when this happens, I add info to my story notebook so I don't forget it. Sometimes I'll rush and start plotting it out in Scrivener, so it's ready for me when I get around to it.
Well, last week I had an idea so shiny that it darn near blinded me. It came to me, as about a quarter of all my ideas do, as a dream. This dream was so vivid that it actually woke me up. I got up, told my husband about it, and jotted it down in my notebook.
Last Thursday, my husband went back to work after a brief vacation, and I decided to start writing the shiny new idea. I knew it was bad, I already had two projects in revisions, and another waiting to be written, but this SNI (shiny new idea) would not be placed on a wait-list.
One week later, and I've written almost 40,000 words, which is unheard for even me. I write fast, and usually get a draft done within about 6-8 weeks. If I keep up this pace, the book will be done by the end of the year!
I love it, and I'm totally swept up into it. I love all of my books, but this one is consuming me on an epic scale. I love it when that happens!
What do you do when you have SNIS?