I had an idea for a short story the other day, which isn’t a big surprise because I always have a few rolling around in my oh-look-there’s-a-sparkly, brain. Characters usually appear before I get the whole story but in this case there wasn’t a hunky hero tapping me on the shoulder and asking me to guess what he wanted or a heroine telling me she didn’t particularly like alpha males.
Nope, this time I had a little dog frantically digging under a fence. Before I knew it, dirt was flying everywhere and I was typing away. Hello, I’ve never used an animal in one of my stories, at least not one that didn’t turn back into a human at some point. It only took about an hour but this little dog had a background that was going to bring together, two people who didn’t have the least little bit in common.
Like most authors, I’m never happier than when I get the first glimpse of a new story. Granted, I’ve been hard at work on another project that’s demanded a lot of attention lately but sometimes it’s just nice to have a distraction—especially when that distraction helps me feel good about accomplishing something new and different.
A completely new idea that I can’t wait to jot down is also one of those subtle signals from my scary subconscious that I’m about to wrap up my problem project. I’d start tap-dancing, but trust me; if you think my singing is bad, the dancing is worse.
Then again, for me, a little distraction once in a while can be a good thing. How about you? Do you consider working on more than one project at a time a distraction, or beneficial?
Happy Spring, everyone!
Until next month,