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Bethany: A Choice of Two

I’m constantly coming up with new book ideas.  Not that I am complaining, because one can never have too many ideas.  No. This is more of a preference.  Which book to I work on now?  See, I’ve been working on one book idea for a while now.  In fact wrote 100 pages, then scrapped them all and began another more detailed outline of the same book–but tighter, more suspense, and definitely more world building that makes the story have that much higher stakes.  This story’s been with me for a while.

Now the other book–let’s call it book 2–it is a newer idea.  One that I came up with during a chat with a friend not too long ago.  All that came to me was a title and an image.  But it was enough to fuel my imagination at 3am that night and get me out of bed.  Again, I have a page of notes to start.  Granted, it is nowhere near the outline the other has–but definitely enough of a plot line to get me started and get the book past the 100 page mark.

So the choice is this– book 1 or book 2?

Whenever I am starting a new book it seems that I am in this predicament.  I have idea folders (yes FOLDERS) on my laptop that I go to for inspiration.  Though I rarely need them.  The ideas, when they’re good, don’t go away.  They stick in your brain and and pick away until you write them down.  Completely.  Or to the point where I am with these two.  Now, it is just a matter of choosing one and getting it done.

But that also means I have to give up reading for at least 6 weeks.  Yep. I’m one of those, I give up one pleasure for the other.  So I can focus.  And I think it comes with the I’m A Mom With Little Time Role. If I am going to have free 15 minutes, I have to choose. And right now, my brain won’t let me read.  I. Must. Write.  But–which one?

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  1. Ha! This was the position I was in 3 weeks ago. If you remember, it took some readjusting of my daily routine to figure out the path I should choose. I do recommend meditation. Take a few minutes a day just to sit quietly and focus on clearing out your brain. I found that eliminating the “logic” associated with decision-making allowed me to listen to my intuition and finally settle on one project. Good luck!

    February 22, 2008
  2. I too feel your pain. Clearing out this brain is a full time job, especially for a mom. Brain cells are few and in constant demand. Christa has great advice.

    My creative mind is such that once I’ve fleshed out one thing and am down and dirty in the writing, there is a free creative place at that point to come up with NEW ideas that really BUG me while I’m trying to get some work done! So I have to take the time to write them down. It’s hard to deny them the time, since they are obviously the seeds of the next Great American Novel, and I often lose motivation on the current project.

    The same thing happened as I was working on my dissertation, and my non-fiction book. I was constantly interrupted by plays, poems, and fictions spilling out of my brain’s creative corner. weird predicament!

    February 23, 2008
  3. caseycairo #

    I just wrote a new post echoing your sentiment, though I unfortunately can’t think of a solution. Maybe it’s not a bad thing? I frequently am reading up to six books at once, so maybe writing multiple books is okay as well? I’ve never been there, but I suppose it’s a GREAT predicament to be in! Good luck!

    February 23, 2008

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