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Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear Shiny New Idea....


I love you.

The star-crossed lovers from warring clans meeting on a battlefield and him stealing a kiss over the bodies of the fallen? I love the imagery.

The idea that the two will inevitably fall in love, and die before they can wed, yet find each other in their next life? It's been done, but I could make it work.

The idea of technology progressing through each life? Love it.

The image of the two characters tethered together in space suits, chased by zombies, and trying to bolero their way to the other ship and safety? You know, that might be my favorite part.

This could be true love. Except... I'm already in a committed relationship. My WIP and I might seem like we're on the rocks, but this is just a rough spot. We're going to work through this plot problem we're having.

And, really, it's because I do love you that I can't write you right now. You don't want to be a rebound plot, do you?

You don't want an author that cheats on another plot with you. There are names for authors like that (Plot Whore!). And while I admit that in my sordid youth I was one of those rebellious, unfaithful writers, I've turned over a new leaf.

I can't write you, Shiny New Plot Idea. Sweet characters Anneliese and Connor, you'll have to wait. Maybe when I have things wrapped up and my WIP has moved on to Query-land I can give you a call. We could meet for a word race and a cup of cocoa.

I hope you understand.


P.S. What am I saying? I adore you! Wanna hook up tonight after I put this chapter of my WIP to bed? *wink wink*

Images found on Google image search under "Just Say No" and "New Leaf" - original artists unknown.


  1. Ha ha. And that's what makes us go crazy... so many ideas running around in our heads all the time;)

  2. I'm a reforming Plot Whore!! :)

    (Uh, not that I've ever phrased it like that before...)

    Shiny New Ideas are not going to get the best of me, like they were previously able to!

  3. Ha! That's awesome.

    I love SNIs, but they come at the most inconvenient times.

  4. Heh. I am such a Plot Whore. Finished my first novel before starting anything new, but I've had so many ideas since... So many shiny, wonderful ideas, always better than the one I'm working on at the moment.

  5. Love the name Connor. I saw the original Highlander years ago and then named my younger son Connor. Yes...I'm admitting to naming my son after a fictional character.

    And running around willy nilly with every Shiny New Idea has left me tired and unsatisfied. *grin* Since finishing the book that is out on submission, I haven't settled down with just one idea, and I am so ready for a committed relationship.

    Great post!

  6. We need to start a Plot Whore support group. Have a button. Something.

    I try to commit to a solid writing relationship. Just me and The One.

    But I keep sneaking in these side stories, and I'm not sure it's healthy for my relationship. I only do it when things are moving along with my WIP plot. Maybe it's just a way to workout kinks that don't belong.

    But, there you go.

    I'm recomitting to my WIP today. All SNI have been placed in a box. I'm a one WIP woman (again).

    Anyone want to take bets on how long I'll last?

  7. Oh, temptation, I know it well! The flow of ideas just doesn't shut off, and I don't think we'd really want it to. For me, nipping off for some illicit wordage is all right, unless it starts distracting me from my current story.

    When it does, I take an hour, write down everything I can think of for my lovely new idea, and then file it away so I can get on with the WIP writing.