Got struck with a story idea today. A sexy story idea…Damn it. I’m already working on one story. I can’t drop it this early!
Sigh… What to do?
All the advice I’ve read is to stay faithful to your story, or as Chuck puts it:
If you keep cheating on your current manuscript by porking other, momentarily-sexier manuscripts behind the barn, yep, that’s some wrong-flavored wrongness with hot wrong sauce.
Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig
That’s some red hot inspiration that landed today…I’d hate to waste that. So, I did cheat. A little.
First, I did my daily writing. I got my 350 words down, and I did my duty. I progressed my manuscript as I needed to do. And only after this did I fool around with the new idea.
I don’t think that juggling two or more stories is possible in the long term, but I also think that failing to make as many notes as possible on the other story idea would be a mistake, as I would be certain to forget it. And if tomorrow I want to write some more…I will.
But only after I’ve done my 350 words.
So what do you think – do you mix things up and work on several stories, or do you stick it through to the end? How does it work for you?
Daily word count: 352
Time: 32 minutes
Total word count: 13,668