We are greeted by this headline when we turn on the evening news at WTVD Channel 11, Durham, NC. Then video clips of star sightings roll across the screen.
I am hooked.
I don’t know about you, but when working on a story I “cast” my characters. Before I can write a word I need to visualize my heroine and hero. Usually, I choose people I enjoy watching on the screen so my characters start out as friends.
Not this time. Though I watched “Pirates of the Caribbean”, I wouldn’t consider myself a Bloom fan. Still, after days of watching him smile at the cameras, Orlando Bloom jumped right into my imagination. What’s a writer to do?
I don’t need this new idea grabbing hold of my writing time. In one of the earlier discussions, I mentioned I always get in trouble with ideas “ripped from the headlines.” But here is this tantalizing new character, reaching out to me from the news, morning and night …Colin Firth, Orlando, Ellen, Amber …they’re all here.
Still, I battled the temptation. I’m taking two on-line courses. I’m up to my chin in revisions for two completed ms. Then there’s life. But the idea pulls at me a little more each time I watch the news...or read about the movie in the newspaper.
Though I resisted for days, I finally give in, open a NEW blank document and start putting thoughts on paper.
When I finish, I have eleven pages of a new wip. And two new characters living in my head. Now what? I’ve been slogging through revisions for the finished stories, but this new idea is so tempting.
What do you do when an alluring new idea pops into your head? Do you finish the work in progress? Or do you give in to temptation and experience the exciting thrills of a new story and new people?
PS…the movie is Main Street, due out next year. Durham isn’t my home, but I do live in NC. YAY UNC Tar Heels! GO Hurricanes!!!