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September 15, 2010

The Distraction of New Ideas–Part One By Ellie Heller

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This happens to me almost every day. There I am, kids are in bed, dog is walked, i.e. distractions are at a minimum and I am ready to write. I open the document and…I remember this idea I had for a story this afternoon, involving a car which crashed into a pool, a were who is deathly afraid of swimming and…

It’s like the donkey in Shrek jumping up and down yelling ‘Pick me! Pick me!’

NO! I need to stick to my story, right?

For me the answer is yes, and no. One of the reasons I write is I’m always thinking of scenarios and stories which pivot around an odd thing I’ve seen in real life. Like the cop standing in the paper recycling dumpster at the dump or the ambulance which did a u-turn in a forest preserve, sirens and lights blaring, then pulled over to the side and parked.

I simply can’t help but wonder why? And then scenes and scenarios build and, well, I’m off on a tangent which is not my always helpful in my quest to finish my current work.

However, I don’t want to loose these ideas, some I can use now, others I’ll use later, so before I start on my current project, if there’s an idea incessantly demanding attention, I open my ‘story ideas’ document. And save a note, perhaps the scene with three or four tag line ideas as to why it happened or a short paragraph if there’s a more solid story racing around.

That’s it. NO MORE.

Then, with newest idea is no longer floating on the top of my head and distracting my attention, I can get back to work on my current story.

Not everyone does this. Some people are ruthless and ignore the ideas, or make a really, really short mental note and continue forward with their work in progress. How do you deal with new story ideas interrupting your current work?

Ellie writes hot romance in variety of sub-genres when she’s not distracted. Read more about what she’s up to right now at Ellie Heller’s Blog, Ellie Writes Too


  1. Brilliant minds think alike. LOL! I do pretty much the same thing but am a touch more anal. If I’m at home, it goes into the idea files on the PC, if in the car, I have a voice recorder, if sitting in the doctors waiting room I have the journal in my purse. You never know when that best selling idea might pop up.

    Comment by Debbie Vaughan — September 15, 2010 @ 04:40 | Reply

  2. If I wrote every idea I had, I’d never finish anything. If it’s something with merit, I’ll write it down somewhere, if not, I just move on.

    Comment by jerridrennen — September 15, 2010 @ 07:58 | Reply

  3. I’d never finish anything either if I noted every idea I had! I do give in, however, to the persistent ones clamoring for attention at the front of my brain.

    Comment by elliewrites2 — September 15, 2010 @ 09:27 | Reply

  4. I keep a journal of my ideas. Some of them I can piece together to make a good size book. Which works really good. I probably will never do all of them but I do keep track just in case I need them. 😀 Wonderful post, Ellie! You’re on a roll, honey!

    Comment by Judith — September 15, 2010 @ 10:21 | Reply

  5. Plot bunnies can be very vicious. Especially if you feed them with a little harmless Googling… three hours later you’re bleary-eyed with several plot bunnies boinking on your computer screen o_O and no new words on the current WIP. So yeah, I have a brainstorming doc several pages long, too.

    And a few folders full of info from Google. I’m weak, what can I say!

    Comment by Gillian Archer — September 15, 2010 @ 13:33 | Reply

  6. Oh no! I try to avoid getting to the Google phase. Honestly, I have enough problems getting sidetracked with information for my WIP that I can’t afford to elaborate on seeds of ideas.

    Comment by elliewrites2 — September 15, 2010 @ 14:17 | Reply

  7. I just say…let it flow. Write down whatever is in that pretty little head. 🙂

    Comment by Jenika Snow — September 15, 2010 @ 17:16 | Reply

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