I get excited when a new story idea starts brewing. It crowds out all other thoughts and my hand starts to itch to write. Dialog will pop into my head along with character names and descriptions. My engine revs and the rest of me is in neutral, awaiting the green flag.
Sounds good, right? What writer doesn’t love getting new ideas?
Problem being, these typically come to me as I’m in the middle of another project, or worse, near the end of something when my brain should be focusing on getting other things done. It’s like my subconscious is against me finishing things.
“No man, you don’t need to finish that silly little story you’ve spent months on. Let’s start something new! Something shinnnnnny. You know you want to!”
Man, my brain is a jerk sometimes.
But a good idea is a good idea, regardless of the time it decides to make an appearance. All you can do make notes or do a rough outline and hope you’ll be able to get into it when you actually have the time to do so. Sometimes it works…and sometimes it doesn’t. I like to tell myself those that don’t work would have sucked anyway.
What do you do when you get a new idea when you’re in the middle of another project?