I’m meant to be finalising the edits on The Matching. I’m meant to be continuing The Paper Duchess series. So why is a brand new story idea worming its way into my brain?
Staying focussed has always been a problem for me: I was the girl bumping into things because she was walking around reading a book, or embarrassed at school when the teacher asked her a question and she’d been daydreaming instead of listening. In fact, it only takes me spotting something shiny to completely forget what I was meant to be doing. And rogue story ideas demanding attention are definitely a problem.
And there’s only one way to stop those idea worms: I have to get them out of my head.
So, while it takes me away from the task at hand, I’ll sit down with some notecards, a big sheet of paper, or, if I’m lucky, a crisp, new notebook, and I’ll write down all my ideas. And every time another little worm appears, I’ll add it to the notes. I just need to exorcise them from my brain.
Then, when I’m ready to write that new story, I’ll find that I almost have the entire thing plotted out.
How do you stop getting distracted by the shiny new ideas?