When new ideas attack!

Hi friends! I’ve been out of town (lest you were wondering where I’d scampered off to). I was up in Pennsylvania visiting family. While we were there, we went the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to show my daughter the dinosaurs. (Verdict? She kind of just wanted to touch the walls.) I wandered into the Hall of Architecture, and there in the corner, hidden amidst looming church doors and arches, was this.

It’s a cast of the zodiac column from Sts. Pierre et Paul Church, built in 12th Century France. And my brain took note. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this damned thing since Friday. Who made it? Why? What are the signs of the the zodiac doing in a medieval church? I had a freaking dream about it two nights ago. This column will not leave me alone, you guys. I have new characters, I have a new plot, I have an entire new book swimming around in my head.

Except—STOP IT! I still have half of my WIP to finish, not to mention several rounds of edits, and possibly something else that will need attention. I sat down on Sunday night and tried to write, and all my brain cared about was a possible opening for the zodiac column book. It’s going to take some serious mental discipline to get myself back on track here, but it must be done. The zodiac has to wait.

What about you guys? Ever had SNIs grab you by the helm and run amok? Did you wind up writing those?

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8 Responses

  1. Holly says:

    Yes, for sure. Happily Never After was like that for me. I did the same thing though — put it aside and forced it to wait. Then when I picked it up, I had a first draft in three weeks. 🙂 Those are the best kind of ideas.

  2. That thing is super cool! Can’t wait to see what you make of it (at the appropriate time).

  3. That’s pretty awesome. I try to keep the SNI in my head but sometimes I just have to write something down for it to stick.

  4. Misha says:

    I actually just write that darn opening to get it out of my system. And then I get back to my main WiP. One day I will have time for those other WiPs, but I need to prioritize if I’m ever to get anything done.

    🙂 Good luck!

  5. You might want to take a day and write a brief outline or at least jot down some notes to come back to later. It might clear your mind and release you to get back to your WIP in peace, and assure that your new inspiration isn’t forgotten!

  6. Happens to me all. The. Time. But I HATE not finishing something. It’s easy to get to that rut-sy place in a WIP and crave something shiny and new. What I do is (and I have four of these right now) set up folders for the shiny new ideas. Write ideas (as they come to me) on post-its or whatever and toss them in the folder. I figure by the time I finish my WIP, I’ll have plenty of stuff gathered for a new one!

  7. Trisha says:

    It’s amazing to be so inspired! And yet it’s a slight pain when the inspiration strikes at the most inconvenient time. Right now I’m trying to focus on revisions, but all I want to do is start on my 2 NaNo novels for the year! hehe

  8. Great info. I’ve definitely been guilty of using all of these terms incorrectly at one point in another. I guess a career as a crime novelist is probably not in my future. lol.

    <3 Gina Blechman

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