Now, before I begin, I would just like to say something of the utmost importance.
I just got myself a pair of big and cute nerdy glasses and I have discovered that they are a necessity in life because they are fabulous. It might sound silly, but these glasses gives me two important things: 1) a bit of a confidence booster, and 2) writing block-eradicator. So basically, I highly recommend getting yourself a pair of nerdy glasses for ten bucks. They make me feel very intelligent and sophisticated (though they probably don’t look so).
Today, while I was on my way back from this event I volunteered at, I was thinking very deeply in the car. Mainly about my in-progress novel that has been giving me quite some trouble plot-wise. See, I’ve written a whole draft, realized I don’t like that idea, rewritten the entire thing and editing it before realizing there are still so many areas where things just don’t sit right. Sometimes, thinking about this can frustrate me… and it leads me to think about other things.
I’ve written about The Dreaded Shiny New Idea Syndrome before. And as I thought about my frustratingly nonsequential novel-in-progress, I thought about S.N.I.S. My brain started jumping to all the ideas I have for future stories and fixing themes and characters and ideas. It was only because of the realization that the S.N.I.S. was taking over that I was able to get my mind back on track to the novel-in-progress.
But of course, my brain kept wandering. And it settled on one idea in particular.
In December of 2013, I had thought about her story- her family, friends, everything. But I had decided against writing it immediately because I wanted to finish my current novel-in-progress. I wrote down all my ideas, but pushed it away so I wouldn’t get distracted.
Then today, I realized something.
That can become this.
Kat Fisher’s story is not quite like my current main character’s story, but the overall morals throughout the stories have a similar undertone. Why not combine them?
Yes, New Idea Syndrome is dangerous. Yes, it can result in never completing any one story because of the constant urge to jump from idea to idea. But sometimes, when you find connections between old ideas and new ideas, the result will be much stronger and more complete.
So what’s the lesson here? Use those new ideas to your advantage. Use those spontaneous lightbulb moments to better your in-depth work. There will always be room for improvement in stories; that includes both fictitious and your own life-in-progress.
Keep your mind open to those new ideas, nerdlings.