Many are looking to read the “next big thing”, so it’s no surprise when writers want to be the one that supplies such a stellar piece of work. We’re always looking for the idea that will get readers excited.
It is important to consider your audience, but what if you’re great idea has no staying power?
We often focus on appeasing our readers, but we forget that the story needs to remain exciting for us, the creator. Writers need to love their stories. They’re basically married to the story in a long-term committed relationship. You will spend several months or even years brainstorming, outlining, writing, re-writing, revising, editing, and proof-reading, possibly multiple times. If you’re going to be spending that much time with the same plot and characters, it’s important to remain excited about your work. And just like any healthy relationship you need to remain faithful. If another story gives you the eye, you have to take it as a compliment that “you still have it”, but you can never cheat on your story. If you’re willing to contaminate your long-term relationship by story-hopping, it’s from a lack of discipline versus a flaw in your original project.
Okay, that was fun, and it’s the truth, however…
It’s important to keep in mind that if a story is no longer exciting, fulfilling, or enjoyable, it’s time to break up. To become an author, you have to learn how to finish a story from vague concept to submittable manuscript, so never make this decision lightly. But leaving behind an unhappy union may be the best thing that ever happened to you. You may just find Mr. or Mrs. Write. The two of you may have a much more fulling relationship than you and your ex-story ever could. Just be sure to stay the course. Many writers run into the problem of loving the discovery of a new concept kind of like people who love the idea of being in love. Only write what you love. Keep at it. And finish it, above all, finish it.
Then you’re allowed to fall in love all over again with the next idea that walks into your life.