Hi everyone! I am Kristin Callender, author, mom and just about every other title in between. Thanks for stopping by Leah’s blog to meet me. Before we start, can someone turn on the AC in here? I’m getting all hot and bothered…oh wait, it’s Leah’s book covers. Whew! …*fanning myself* … Alright, I’m ok now πŸ˜‰

I have a question to ask you all. As a writer I am always wrestling with new story ideas while trying to finish the ones I’m working on. I call it the battle between my inner writer child and my outer rational mom. More on that in a few. First I want to ask you, whether you’re a writer or not, how you handle new ideas that scream for your attention.

What do you do when a great idea hits and you’re still working on something else?

Do you…
A. Stop what you’re doing and start the new idea?
B. Finish what you’re working on and hope the new idea doesn’t loose it’s shine?
C. Work on both simultaneously?

My Answer:
I have to say B; to finish my WIP and then start on my new idea. This is why. If I stop working on my WIP and begin a new story I would never finish the first and I am admittedly not a great story juggler. I have many ideas floating in my head, some of which I have started and put on hold for one reason or another, but I can only write one at a time. The writer in me is like a child; easily bored and distracted my new shiny things. We all know that it takes a lot of patience and staying power to write, rewrite, edit, and re-edit a story. I trust my outer rational mom to take care of that stuff. This is the common inner dialog that goes on while I am writing. If you can relate, you’re just a crazy as me πŸ™‚ If you can’t, don’t worry this craziness passes pretty quickly.

Once the first draft of a story is done my inner child writer starts to act up. Because at this point she feels her job is done. The story is on paper and it’s now outer rational mom’s job to fix spelling, sentence structures, and make sure time lines and plot twists make sense. This is when the inner battle begins.

“Oooo, a new story…I want that. NOW!” My inner writer child screams.

“You have to finish this one first.” My outer rational mom explains.

“No, I don’t want that one anymore. I want that shiny new one. Give me! Give me!”

“No, you have to wait. You’re almost done with this one. Now sit down and help me clean up the mess you left in chapter 4.”

“Aww,” My inner writer child sulks, but sits down to help.

“You’ll thank me later,” My outer rational mom says; knowing the inner writer child is learning an important lesson. The inner writer child sticks her tongue out every time the spell check highlights a word.

So, now that I’ve opened my brain and let some of my crazy out, it’s your turn. You don’t have to share your inner dialog (unless you want to) just answer the question. I would love to talk about this with you.

BTW: I am on vacation today and am hopefully answering any questions and comments from the beach. YEAH ME! Feel free to virtually put your toes in the sand and join me πŸ™‚

What do you do when a great idea hits and you’re still working on something else?

Thanks again for stopping by and a big THANKS to Leah Braemel for having me as a guest on her blog. As a special thanks stop by my contest blog for your chance to win my book and a T-shirt! Good Luck!


Kristin Callender : )

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Kristin Callendar on her Inner Writer Child

5 thoughts on “Kristin Callendar on her Inner Writer Child

  • August 19, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Hi, ladies!

    Kristin, I make notes about the new story idea. Sometimes, I'll give the character(s) some face time on my blog. But right now, I've GOT to finish the draft AND revision I've got going. I've been slacking.

    One way I've been slacking is with my Win a Book blog. Leah, I posted about this guest blog over there, of course. And Kristin, come check it out. I'd love to post links to your contests and other promo stuff.

  • August 19, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I'm quite fortunate that most of my ideas are half formed so they stay in the back burner until the current WIP is done. I do try some free writing exercises to experiment and play with characters and plot development in the meantime though so hopefully when I'm done with the current one I can jump straight into the new WIP.

  • August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I think I'm a C. Then a D (3 ideas at once). Then an E… etc. Usually something shouts noisily enough to get finished in the end. I view my ideas like my kids – got to keep an eye on all of them at once, or who knows what they'll get up to. (Easier, of course, now the kids are all grown up.)

  • August 19, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I'm not an A, B, or C. I think I'm an F… for freak. LOL. I'm a new author. My first book comes out Sept 4th. I am a book jumper. I usually have 4 going at once. I wrote the book coming out at the same time that I wrote the second one to it, and two others that I'm editing.

    It helps me avoid getting writer's block. When one holds me up, I jump to another one with a fresh mind. Also… it helps with moods. If I'm having a bad day… that love scene in book #1… NOT a good idea to write but in book #3 that needs a fight scene… There we go. LOL. I've found that writing a series it helps to write them together because you're in that world already so… it's easier to keep track.

  • August 21, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Thanks Susan, Llehn, Sheila, and Laurann for your comments. I am on vacation with my family and my online options have been limited or I would have responded sooner. I love hearing how other writers deal with writing issues. Good luck to you all. And thanks again to you Leah for having me as a guest. It was a lot of fun.
    Kristin Callender

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