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Today, I thought I’d write about answering a question that I believe is worth pondering. It’s a big question for writers, so it deserves significant debate. What’s the question then?
If you are writing a book and you get a new, and possibly better, idea for a book, should you stop writing your current book to pursue this new idea?
I have heard it from a couple sources that yes, you should write the other, new book, if the idea seems really good and could create a better story. To a certain extent, this makes sense; why waste your time continuing to write a book that is lesser in comparison to a greater book that you could be writing? Why not embrace this new and better idea?
I believe that, under certain circumstances, this notion is very valid. If you’re writing a book that you find to be very boring, a book idea that you once thought was great but now don’t even like, then stop wasting your time. If a new idea comes around, one that you think you can take all the way, then drop the boring story and focus on the exciting one. Whatever captures your imagination, go with that; don’t settle for anything less. Writing has to be something you enjoy if you want to do it well. So why write something that you don’t enjoy?
On the other hand, suppose you’re writing a book and you love the story. You love the characters. You think about this book every day. And then a new idea comes along; it seems more magnificent than the book that you’re currently writing. You have a sudden desire to jot this new idea down. Maybe you can work on both this new story and the old one. Or maybe the new one deserves your undivided attention. What should you do?
This has happened to me several times; from the time when I was ten years old to the present time. I can’t say that you shouldn’t go with the new and better idea when it comes, but if I had done that, TSOM would most likely be a forgotten document on my computer. I stuck with TSOM the whole while, throughout all my years of writing. Not because it necessarily interested me more than a different idea at some point in time, but because I felt that I had to stick with it. I had to persevere. Thanks to the support of family and friends, I also continued to rediscover why I liked TSOM so much. That being said, let me give you some advice, or a piece of knowledge that I find to be very true:
When others find your writing exciting and interesting, it makes you rediscover how awesome it is to you.
Gather the opinions of others. Let them read a bit of your story. Let them share their thoughts with you. Rediscover your own, God-given brilliance. And persevere. Maybe this isn’t your style to stick with one idea, but it worked for me. And I believe that, because I persevered with TSOM, I have also shaped my personality so that I can persevere in other areas of my life. This brings me to my last point.
Your writing says a lot about who you are. What does your writing say about you?