This weekend sort of threw me a curve ball. Here I am, happily (re)plotting my YA contemporary novel and an idea for a sci-fi-esque YA slams into my brain and won’t let me go. So now I have a stack of cards and notes all relating to this idea that has gripped me, but I’m looking at my other WIP going, “Oh man, what do I do? Do I finish what I’ve just barely started or do I run with something that I am SO passionate about it keeps me awake at night?” (True story. I got three hours of sleep last night because I couldn’t stop thinking of this new idea.)
So now, I’m at a crossroads. Truth is, either one would be my first novel, and either story is a great story to be told. I feel like I’m an idea machine. I literally have boxes of index cards filled with ideas and “what ifs” and all of those little lovely nuggets that could birth a fantastic novel. The one thing I struggle with is the focus. So do I focus and write the contemporary novel that I’ve already begun, or do I strike while the iron is hot and take off with this idea I love, coming back to my contemporary at a later time?
Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? If so, what did you do?