Yesterday I caught myself putting together ideas for an urban fantasy. This is cool, except that I'm 35,000 words into Adventures in Zoology, or about a third of the way through, and it really needs all my attention. I don't need any new project ideas!
I was actually asked the classic "where do you get your ideas?" question the other day, and I sort of flubbed around trying to answer it without sounding insane. How do you explain that ideas are generated most often when the brain is working flat-out on a similar project, that when you immerse yourself in books and reading and writing and more books, ideas bubble up all the damn time?
I've got the rest of 2010 booked solid for writing projects. (If I can write two full-length novels this year, I'm absolving myself of my new year's resolution to write six short stories.) I intend to finish Adventures in Zoology by mid-summer, and after a short break and some time for research, I guess I'll be writing that urban fantasy I just had the idea for. If I have time after that, I intend to go back to the untitled romance novel and finish it. Three books in a year! Of course, by the time fall rolls around, I'll have had 10 million even better ideas and the urban fantasy will feel boring.