The Ideas...The IDEAS!!!

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Eight years ago, we were driving to the Grand Canyon through New Mexico and the dh said, "I wonder what's down that road." An image came to my head, a rundown house, a corral, a man who worked as a vet and took care of his alcoholic brother and delayed sister. I knew his story was that his father had killed his mother and was coming home from prison.

I just didn't know who the heroine was. I thought maybe she was a lawyer hired when the father was accused of killing again, but I thought a romantic suspense would be too complex.

Last night I think I figured out who she would be, a social worker who threatens the hero's view that he can take care of everything by himself.

Only this story has to wait. I have my cruise ship story to write next, two books I want to rework for HAR, and a post-apocalyptic story. That's not even thinking about the hostage negotiator story or the RS series I want to write or the three historicals I have in mind. And I write every day. I need a clone.



MicheleKS said...

Oh I know what you mean about the ideas. They never stop coming. Even in the midst of trying to finish my current WIP I'm already thinking about what I should work on next- the paranormal I did for NaNoWriMo or one of my contemporary ideas. I'm kind of avoiding watching any movies or listening to any new music so a new idea doesn't trigger.

Mary Curry said...

Scary thing is, I remember so clearly when you took that trip and got that idea!!!!

I'm with you and Michele on the flow of ideas. I'm drowning in them. I'm not complaining - not by any means - but it's so hard to resist the shiny new ideas when you're bogged down in the reality of the WIP.

Congrats on finding your heroine.

Anonymous said...

wow! That sounds like a great book. It's much better to have too many ideas than no ideas!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I'm boggled by the number of ideas! I have several, but I don't think that many or that fleshed out.

MJFredrick said...

Michele, they ESPECIALLY come when I'm trying to finish another book! LOL!

Mary, we've known each other a LONG time, but how funny you remember!

Thanks, Mary Beth. I think it might be my NaNo book this year.

Natalie, it used to be worse when my critique group met regularly. We brainstormed ideas a LOT. And honestly, with e-books, I don't have to worry as much about length as I used to.

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