We all know what it’s like to get caught up in an idea, right? What happens when the idea becomes the sole focus, to the exclusion of all other thoughts, responsibilities, or interests?
It’s called an obsession. (That’s the mental health link. I slipped it in there when you weren’t looking. *wink*)
The “shiny new idea” syndrome mimics this. Think about it. A story idea wakes you at 3am or while you’re in a meeting. The idea is so great, you have to work out EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL…immediately, of course. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning to the time you shut them again at night, the idea gets mulled over, honed, and built upon.
This is the part of writing that I find the most exciting and engaging. It’s the time where it all feels new and exhilarating. I can usually go with substantially fewer hours of sleep and not pay the consequences the next day. My carpel tunnel acts up, but I don’t care because I’m creating.
How about you? Do you get obsessed when a new idea strikes? How does it feel?