Shiny New Idea VS The WIP



Midday, light rain outside nearby window. Coffee brewing in the background.

Great, that’s it, perfect. We are on a roll now, keep it going.


tap, tap, tap

Yes, add that.

Pardon me, but I have a great idea for—

WIP slaps away interloper

Ignore that.

No, really, I have a great idea for a Middle Grade book. It’s awesome and more ‘in’ than stupid adult books not to mention overloaded urban fantasy.

Not true. This is great and you love it. Everyone will love it, and you know very well people still read and love urban fantasy.

Hardly. I’m trending and have everything people want. Plus look at all the ideas I have already.

Piffle, writer has no idea how to write you.


Pick me, pick me, write me.

Guess who won?

Share! It will make you happy, trust me.

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Updated: May 14, 2017 — 8:44 pm


  1. Well, at least the shiny new idea didn't win I guess…
    Trending is not how I would describe any of the ideas I ever get.

    1. Shiny New Idea may be a big fat liar face too.

  2. Hi Holly – writer has no idea how to write 'you' … could well be so true … but you – you – will definitely make it … keep on writing … cheers Hilary

  3. I kind of hate it when shiny new ideas butt into what I'm currently working on. It's like I barely have the time or energy for the first one. I don't need another idea!!!

    1. I know. That can be so pushy too.

  4. That was so much fun to read. Really, truly fun.

  5. I have a notebook full of those tempting little devils. I used to succumb but finally realized that it was my mind's way of leading me away from the heavy work of re-writing. Stay the course!

    1. Yes, that's true. I ended up jotting down the ideas and then back to WIP.

  6. LOL Too many things to write and not enough time.

  7. Ha – yes, this happens all the time! While I don't want any of my friends to have difficulty it is nice to know I'm not alone. Today I need to write a client's blog post and get back to my online students. And do a blog post of my own soon for next week. Never mind the regular projects clamoring for attention as well….:)

  8. I know this feel way too much.

    Have you tried drowning it out with all of that coffee you've got brewing? That's what I usually do. I mean, it hasn't worked yet, but it hasn't hurt, either.

    1. It's usually eggs it on.

  9. Maybe you should give shiny new idea a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. That'll keep it occupied while you finish WIP.

    1. Yeah! That'll keep it busy.

  10. I like shiny new ideas. A roomful can be like a wild party. Or a long serious discussion. Hey! They're new.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="">Tossing It Out</a>

  11. I am a squirrel, therefore I am always darting to and fro with my stories. Lucky for me, my shiny new ideas don't tend to be very long. Maybe 3K. Maybe 6K. I think the longest was 16K. Either way, I quickly pound them out until the obsession and distraction fades, and return to the WIP. Honestly though, it's the WIP that's the shiny for me most of the time. I _know_ I should be working on MMF, but the big book just keeps waving its arms and shouting "OVER HERE!!!"

    I'm a terrible role model, but I'm one for giving those shiny ideas whatever time they want, but I don't try to make them work, if that makes sense.

  12. LOL! The battle we all face when we sit down at the computer, eh? Lately the emails are winning though. *sigh* Well, for now.

  13. LOL!! Yes, and add cooking, chores, going out with friends, and social media stuff to the mix and then you have what's arguing in my head every day. Sadly, sitting around and watching TV wins all too often. LOL

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