Friday, March 21, 2014
For a Rainy Day
I grew up hearing my grandmother talk about putting money away for a rainy day. The next time it rained, I asked, "Grandma, you going to get your money?" She smiled and then explained that "a rainy day" didn't mean the next time it rained. It meant she was putting money away for a time when she needed it. Well, this post isn't about rain or money. It is, however, about creative ideas.
I await the release of book two, The Dragon's Pawn, and I write the rough draft of book three, The Treasure of L'lor Rac Siwel. In the meantime, my mind churns out ideas by the dozens. So what do I do? Do I stop working on the novel and take off on the new tangents? Or do I ignore the new ideas, treating them like distractions, so I can focus on the novel under construction? Actually, I chose neither option.
I will continue to write on The Treasure of L'lor Rac Siwel, but I pause long enough to sketch out the ideas that are coming like a tsunami. I learned the hard way, put an idea off for another day and I don't remember it. But, I stop long enough to outline and write brief notes about the new idea and return happily to my present project.
Doing this, I learned a secondary lesson...possibly even greater than the first. I am actually able to focus on my current project and do so without regret. You see, I know the other ideas are safely tucked away for a "rainy day." I just hope I have an audience that will one day appreciate the continuous journey with me.
That's it for now...back to The Treasure of L'lor Rac Siwel.