We writers, we have a problem.
There is this thing, it’s called “The Shiny“.
It comes when we least expect it, but it screams its damn head off when it appears.
We’ll be working on a story, and it doesn’t matter the length of the story, and BAM, The Shiny appears.
It could be a new thought on the current story, something that we didn’t anticipate or worse, it could be a new story, yelling, ‘look at me, look at me. I won’t let you get stuck, but if I do at least you’ll be writing five-thousand words while you wait’.
The more we’re blocked, the louder the damn thing screams, but we have to ignore it, we must. There’s a part of us that knows we have to keep going on the current story, because, no matter how blocked we get, we still have more words on the current story than The Shiny.
We want to stop because we’ll get The Shiny to be quiet, then we have the damn things popping up to yell at us. It will happen when we’re going to sleep, taking our kids to school, reading a book. That last one, that’s the most frustrating.
The only thing we can do, write down the idea, put it somewhere we can see it and work on it later after we’re done with the current story.
Don’t give in to The Shiny.