A few weeks ago, I started a new book. I'm excited about it and working on it every day. I'm getting to know the characters, and the plot is even cooperating. It's not exactly turning out the way I thought it would, but, heck, that's part of why we write. Right?
But a couple of days ago, something happened. Another idea for a book started elbowing its way through my crowded brain, waving its hand, and saying "Hey, look at me! Me! I'm so much better than the one you've got!"
I keep trying to ignore it, but it's getting more persistent--and it's also a wily little devil. Now it's whispering, "Hey, you know the reason that manuscript isn't going the way you thought it would? Because it stinks! Now listen to me. Here's what I'm gonna' do for you..."
And I must admit: This new idea is pretty darn attractive--all shiny and new, good looking, and smart.
My friends all say, "JoAnn, you fool! Look at what you've got! A dependable, solid idea with a big heart that's been with you for years; who's been with you through the good and the bad. You're going to throw all that away for some Johnny-come-lately who'll leave you the instant a New York Times bestseller says 'Hey, baby, come up to my place?' Don't do it!"
Should I let the new idea buy me a drink or slam the door in its face? Tell me how you handle meddling ideas that try to steer you off course.