One of the most annoying things for a writer is when an idea strikes at an inconvenient time. This happened to me today and it made me so frustrated. In an ideal world, when an idea strikes, we writers would be able to stop whatever we are doing and start plotting the idea that has struck us, but the world is not ideal and ideas just love to strike when you are least prepared for them. Like today.
I was busy getting ready to go out when a really great sentence came to me. I jotted it down quickly, but then another came, and another and suddenly the plot played out before my eyes and I had a beginning and some middle and the end. And I wanted to plot it all out while it was fresh, but I couldn’t, I was already running late. I just had to hold onto it, play it over and over in my head hoping not to loose any of it, and, because I was busy when I got home, too, spoke the idea into the recorder on my phone. (Much quicker than typing, which I can do later when I’m not so busy.)
But this little idea was inconvenient in more ways than one. It is one idea in a very long list of ideas for stories I want to write. It is very crowded up in that head of mine, and all my characters have such loud voices. (I assure you I’m not crazy, just a writer.)
Sometimes it feels like I don’t want to write anything because I want to write everything.
I groaned when I got this idea because I just don’t need another story idea right now, but my frustration was quickly replaced by excitement because the idea was so good that I feel blessed that it came to me. (It is for a contemporary romance in case you’re wondering.)
Anyway, ideas striking at inconvenient times is just part of life as a writer, frustrating, yes, but better than having no ideas at all.
What about you, have you had some badly timed ideas lately?