The Wood for the Trees

I’ve been beset by ideas this week, which you (or one, if we’re being posh) would think is a good think, But I’m not so sure. Too many ideas confuse the plot and slow down the pace and I’ve learnt over six books that you can’t fit all the ideas or indeed all the characters that you have created at the begining in to one book, some will have to go along the way which can be hard to do – especially when you love your ideas and characters. So I’ve handed what I have over to my dear trusted editors to ask for their opinion, which I highly value. I hope it will keep me focused and my eye on the end goal so I don’t end up writing four books in one by mistake! I keep having ideas for other books too, which is also good but can be a little bit of a problem when the new fresh idea keeps popping into your head saying” write me, write me, it will be much more fun than that old thing you’ve devoted half a year to!’ and you have to shut it up and shove it back in the drawer. (Real or Metaphorical either one.) I met fabulous writer Jean Ure last week at a librarian’s thing in Kent and she told me to write every single idea down and keep it for as long as it takes because one day you’ll be able to use it and ideas are a precious commodity. So I’m not going to moan about my idea influx, I’m going to write them all down in a book and put them in a real drawer and save them for the inevitable rainy day!