Some of you might have noticed me talking about a new idea I'm planning. Some might even wonder why it's taking me so long to plan the idea. I know I am. ;) Well, actually, I'm not wondering anymore. I figured out what the problem was. It's not the right time for that manuscript.
How do I know? The other day, I had an idea slam into me like a truck speeding down the highway. It knocked me over while I was playing Hello Kitty Bingo with my daughter. So, while she went to get another game for us to play, I jumped on my computer and wrote a blurb, just like you would in a query. It flowed out of me. My brain was working so quickly, my fingers could barely keep up. And when I pitched the idea to my agent, she loved it. Well, that just motivated me more. That night I sat down and wrote the full synopsis. From start to finish, the novel just came to me. And I'm so excited to write it.
That's how it should be. It shouldn't be pulling teeth to get your characters to tell you your story. Or at least it should continue to be a struggle after two weeks of begging my MC to talk to me. This new idea came and I knew that the old idea just isn't what I'm supposed to be working on right now. I fully intend to get to it... when the time is right.
How about you? Do you ever struggle with a manuscript only to realize it's not what you're supposed to be working on right now? Or have you ever had an idea that just hit you so hard, you knew it was what you had to jump right into?