Have you ever been struck by a story idea that fizzles out once you start writing?
I'm not talking about one of the bazillion story starters that wave through your brain while sitting patiently at a stop light. But the idea that already has legs, a full outline, and characters developed. Maybe it's even a sequel to a first book or one in the series. Maybe it's a companion novel. The world is brilliant - living and breathing, just begging you to plop your main character into it and get all the trouble started.
But as the fizzling occurs another story idea hits you. And this one's legs are easy to develop. It's exciting and fresh, and you just can't wait to start writing it. BUT THEN....
...THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS.
That original stories flicks you in the head, demanding attention. A river of creative scenes and new twists on your sub plots flow over you like cleansing air you've longed for. You write the first chapter. You're thrilled. BUT THEN...
...THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS...AGAIN!
Something you just wrote in that first chapter ignites an older story you'd developed two years ago. And you know you must write it down. This is my current reality. It's never happened to me before, not quite like this, not so I feel like I must work on all three stories simultaneously. What I've done over the past week or so is let the loudest barking story have my attention. So far it's working.
Has this ever happened to you, and did you fear you'd end up writing a bunch of useless hodgepodge?
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