It’s ALL HALLOW’S EVE (THAT’S HALLOWEEN PEOPLE.) and that means: *drumroll*
LEAVES! CANDY! WALKING AROUND IN COSTUMES!
But anyway. Last year I wrote When You Find out You’re a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace).
So THIS year, I did another themed post, but this one is: *drumroll again please*
When You Have a New Novel Idea (and Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein)
Are you ready? Are you SURE? *sweeps cape around dramatically and wiggles eyebrows*
First of all, it starts with you happily minding your own business, working diligently on your current WIP. (But the new novel is there, just waiting to pounce and grab you by the throat!!)
Then, as you are hurrying on your way (probably running from that hideous monster known as Franken-editing), you run smack into a new novel idea!
In which the only reasonable response is to scream and run away.
But the more you think of this new novel idea, the more you are falling into a deep, passionate, overwhelming love.
In fact, you get SO excited about your new idea that you become quite incomprehensible, and your effort to describe it to your partner in crime ends up being about as intelligible as a bat on helium.
But because your partner in crime is a good partner in crime, they decide to go along with you. Even though they didn’t understand a word you said (they may have heard the word “novel”) they say OK, “Tell me more.”
It doesn’t go well. More bats on helium.
This is where things start to go south. Your desire to start a new novel has released in full glory the Franken-editing. It is here to remind you that you have other stuff to work on. And even your best effort to fend it off – well, it doesn’t really work out.
You have now reached the end of the game, and you have but one choice left: Transform into a bat, and leave all your problems behind.