A shiny new one apparently. And it is both exciting and getting me down.
I sometimes wonder when I'm going to get on with it. You are probably quite bored with me falling around every other week to a different new story. Every time I am SO super excited about it. I get my knickers in a knot just thinking about it. It is new, it is shiny and it is so awesomely super cool. For a little while at least. Then it starts petering out and eventually it dies of starvation. Lovely aint it?
I don't suppose I am the only new writer who experiences this. And I don't even think it is a bad thing. For one thing, how terrible would it be to have a new idea and not be excited about it? Would you ever actually write? So yes, the excitement of a new idea is paramount. But what do you do when you get around to the not-so-exciting part? The part where you have to sit down and plan, or at least think about what you are writing? The excitement starts to die off. What then?
I think I might have found the elixer of life for my writing at least. Don't plan, don't even think. Just write. To start with, anyway. Obviously later you will have to plot, think, measure twice, cut once. But for now, to start with, I just write. No thinking "is this a good name?" not even thinking if your setting or story is good. Right now I'm like "what story?" Yep. No story, just writing.
You're probably thinkin why I only now realise this. But the truth is that I've been so caught up in writing the right story (and that is very important and still very high on the list of priorities) that I forgot to practise writing. Just writing for the heck of it. I used to love just stringing together a bunch of words and seeing what comes out the other side. Somewhere I lost that.
I couldn't get to writing my main work seriously becasue I couldn't remember what it is like to write creatively. Everything I wrote was ordered and structured "just right" but all in all quite useless.
I love my shiny new idea. I love it to bits. It is nonsensical, silly and stupid. It will probably never be published. But it keeps me entertained and somewhat sane.
Do you write something silly or off topic sometimes? Or do you focus on your main WiP and keep going at it? How do you keep focus?