Don’t you just hate it when the book you’re committed to finishing isn’t the one that’s calling to your imagination? As you’re dutifully pounding away at chapters, scenes filled with other characters, chasing along other plot lines, are flirting in your head. They intrude upon your sleep, co-pilot your drive home from work, sneak into your idle moments when fingers drum aimlessly on the keys. Because your mind wants to go in another direction than your intentions.
I’m 75K into my WIP. So close I can taste the last page. So why can’t the next book in my rotation leave me the heck alone?
I used to just ignore those whispered snips of dialogue thinking I’d remember them when I began that first chapter of the next project. But by then, of course, those dynamic paragraphs were forgotten, those witty repartees, MIA.
To silence these taunting demons, I started doing something that had my OCD soul screaming. When the pieces of plot started talking . . . I wrote them down. Simple, you say. But not for this hardline start-to-finish gal. Post-It notes littered the inside of my purse. Half pages of dialogue started filling up my lunch hour at work. I opened a file and started filling it with sections of plot and action and scenes. And suddenly I had a third of that next book written! Out of order (shudder) but ready to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle (I like puzzles!)
Moral to self: When you’re on a roll, roll with it. Inspiration sometimes only knocks once. Don’t keep it standing out in the cold. Invite it in and put on more coffee.
How do you deal with those pesky plot bunnies?
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