What is it about the lure of a brand new, shiny idea? No matter how focused I am, those flashes of inspiration of new ideas always try to tear me away.
I don't know about you but for a writer I have a horribly short attention span. I've always been someone who does three things at once - I'll read a book with the television on and the laptop open. Unfortunately these bad habits do transfer over to my writing. I'll always have several projects on the go and I tend to flit between them, writing one until I hit a point where I get a stuck, and then I'll move onto something else until the plot point has revealed itself to me!
Sometimes though, I reach a point where I know I've got too many 'open' projects and I need to wrap some up. It's usually at this point when that brand new, shiny idea hits me, just begging to be written.
I get a lot of my story ideas through my dreams. I can literally dream whole story lines in the space of one night. Awhile ago, I had one of those dreams and I got up and wrote the whole thing down in one of my notebooks. But I have notebooks everywhere, and when it came to me looking the story back up, I couldn't find the damn thing! I was so annoyed because I knew it had been good, but for the life of me I couldn't remember what had happened. Anyway, the night before last, as I was lying in bed, just about to fall asleep, the whole thing suddenly came back to me. It probably won't make a full novel but would be a damn good novella! But I currently have two novels in my WIP pile and I know I really shouldn't add another one until I wrap one of the others up.
So for the moment, I'm trying to ignore the lure of my shiny new idea and shelve it under the 'to be written' pile. I just wish that pile would stop getting so big!