Sometimes, you get an idea... a shiny new idea that you are excited about... but for some reason, you can't get it off the ground. This has been happening to me a lot lately.
I get an idea. I get that flittery, jittery feeling that comes when you know an idea is good. I start writing. And then... BAM! I lose all enthusiasm for the project.
This occurred recently with a story that I'll refer to as HA. (I don't know why, but I am suddenly tight-lipped about sharing titles. I blabbed GOLDI ROCKS all over the blogosphere, but now I am being cautious)
So, anyway, Becky and I got the idea for HA in one of our brainstorming sessions. We meet on Instant Message and just throw out anything that pops into our heads. One thing led to another and DING DING DING, we hit the jackpot. or so I thought. It was clever. It was fun. It had a marketing hook I got all tingly inside.
Becky and I began outlining and drafting. From the beginning, we couldn't agree on anything. We spent an hour arguing about whether the MC should be male or female (I kid you not) We had lengthy discussions about species (we finally decided upon gopher) And we were conflicted about whether or not to have a refrain (we both liked the "idea" of a refrain, but it kept feeling forced.)
We got about halfway through a super rough draft and I absolutely HATED it.
So, we did what anyone would do in our situation.
We ate a LOT of chocolate.
Then we gave ourselves some distance. We worked on other things.
And when we were ready to take another look, I had an epiphany. The MC needed to be a chicken. I'm not sure why, but he just did.
We started over completely and we only have a few stanzas, but already it feels much more "right."
I am once again excited to work on it. The butterflies are back!