We’ve all been there. We’ll be plugging away at a story, diligently banging out the words. Before we know it, as if getting a glimpse of a shiny toy on the edge of our vision, we’ll be captivated by something new.
- This story’s fine, I guess, but I’d enjoy writing this other story even more!
- Wouldn’t it be cool if I wrote a novella about this secondary character?
- Sure, the antagonist is bad, but what if there was a different villain? While I’m at it, why not change the hero?
- You know what would make this better? A PREQUEL TRILOGY WITH LASER BUNNIES.
My hard drive is littered with abandoned drafts. Yours might be too.
How can we stop ourselves from falling into the trap of giving up on one story in an attempt to pursue something new? And how can we stop ourselves from doing the same thing with the next story? And the next one? And the one after that?
Having too many ideas might sound like a good problem to have, but it can be paralyzing.