I was puttering in the kitchen when I had an image come into my head; a teenage girl on the beach staring out at the ocean. I knew who she was and what she wanted and how she was going to get it. There it was, a bright new shinny idea. Was I excited? Not exactly. I made a sound of exasperation and The Engineer asked what was wrong.
“Apparently my book is a trilogy.”
“Shouldn’t you finish the first book before you start working on others?”
There indeed is the problem. I’m in rewrites of the first book, the sequel is half done (thanks to Nano and its beautiful fifty thousand words last November). I do like this new idea, love it even. It feels right and it feels like a good ending to the story I’m telling. But. It’s going to be awhile before I get around to this lovely new book. Part of me desperately wants to start exploring this girl and her dreams, but realistically I can’t. I NEED to get the first book done. I don’t want to be the person that is so consumed by new ideas that I never finish anything. And really, I still love Far From the Sea. I mean, sure, we have our differences and rewrites aren’t always easy, but I like molding and shaping, improving ,and trying to turn it into something I can send out to agents. I want to be ready to query when agents open up after the holiday break in a year, and to do that I can’t allow myself to be distracted.
Still I’ll hold this new idea close, cuddle up with it when I sleep at night. After all, I had the ideas for the second book for almost a year before I did Nano and wrote (half of) the thing. These ideas are good ideas. They’ll keep until I’m ready for them.
How about you? Do you easily get distracted by the bright shinny idea? Do you forget the new idea if you don’t work on it?