Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Oh, my WIP.....oye. Okay, I have been enjoying the outlining, and I will continue to work on it. But, I have changed gears and am working on something else :D For two reasons. (We'll call the first project Project A and the new one Project B)

1. While I am really liking the outlining thing, for Project A at least, some of the urgency that I had to write the story seems to have dissipated a bit in the process of getting down all the details for the outline. Now, I say for Project A, because I've written just as many notes for Project B and I haven't come across this problem yet. So, I'm thinking it is the project, not the outlining.

2. There are two very different directions I can take Project A and I can't decide for the life of me where I want to go. I can't decide which side of the fence I want my MC on - which is a pretty big decision as who (or rather, what) she is determines the rest of the storyline. I have actually outlined both scenarios....and I just CAN'T decide. Which leaves me sitting in front of a blank screen pulling my hair out.

And then, while researching for Project A I came across something else that sparked a new story idea, one I am VERY excited about; one that I still feel that urgency to write, even with all the notes and outlining.

So :D Looks like I'll be working on the new idea instead. Though I do still really want to write the other WIP...and if I can ever figure out which way to take the story, I'll jump right on it LOL

Has this ever happened to you? Have you been working on something and had an idea for something else that you just couldn't ignore?

I'm excited, don't get me wrong. But I do feel incredibly guilty about Project A. Maybe I can keep working on a few notes here and there so it won't feel left out ;-)

7 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

This has never happened to me, but I'm pretty new to writing so I don't know if I count.

I would say you should be glad. To have more than one thing to write about exciting you at once - that's awesome.

I would go with whatever is the most inspiring at that moment, but you obviously know what you're doing - so don't listen to me, unless you want to.

Stephanie McGee said...

It happened to me on my last project. In September, just a couple of months into writing it, I got the inkling of an idea to write an urban fantasy. So I started researching paranormal creatures just as a lark. Couldn't sleep that night for all the ideas that came flooding to me. I started doing character bios and world-building for the new project. Then I started writing it.

But 12K in, the allure of the project I'd started 7-8 years prior and had been working on for those couple months before got to me and I went back to it.

Now I'm working on the "new" project and it's better for having let it sit for a few months.

Patti said...

It happens all the time to me, subsequently I never seem to get anything finished.

JEM said...

I completed the last WIP and was halfway through revisions when a YA idea hit me. It had been there for awhile but had been slowly cooking on the back burner, and suddenly one day popped up full formed (like a souffle, maybe?) I decided to pursue the YA idea since that's a hot genre right now, but I fully intend to go back to the other WIP as soon as I've got the YA ready to query.
I definitely believe things happen for a reason, so if Project B is coming in loud and strong, I think there's a reason for that.

Talli Roland said...

Oh yes! All the time! I'm always getting excited about new ideas, but then I usually need to tell myself to focus on my current WIP or I'd never finish anything!

Palindrome said...

I'm currently ignoring a new idea right now. I'm trying to be disciplined...we'll see what comes of that. :P

Palindrome said...

I'm currently ignoring a new idea right now. I'm trying to be disciplined...we'll see what comes of that. :P