All writers get tingly from a shiny new idea. I don’t know, maybe it’s the sparkle of a newborn thought, or the rush of characters, scenes, plots, and conflicts that pop into consciousness all at once…or maybe it’s the hey-I-bet-nobody’s-thought-of-this-before smell.
For me, the “shiny new idea” is a rare, fragile, and precious thing. I’m lucky to get two, solid, this-could-really-be-something ideas a year. So when it happens, I hang onto that sucker like it’s a winning multi-million dollar lottery ticket.
The spontaneous nature of the “shiny new idea” makes it hard to manufacture too. It seems like I just have to wait for it to smack me over the head.
So, dear writerly friends, how do your “shiny new ideas” appear? Is there a secret formula out there? How do you identify an idea the “works” or one that doesn’t?
Don’t forget to check out this week’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog where Sarah shares her writerly “always/nevers.” Deb wraps up the month next week.