Why Too Many Plot Ideas Can Feel Like You Are In A Candy Store #AmWriting


If you have ever suffered from too many plot ideas you might have likened it to being in a candy store.

Here are the similarities:

  1. You look at all plot ideas with the same facial expression reserved for candy stores – one of excitement and wonder.
  2. You stick your fingers into one jar, have a lick and decide that you want to try other type of candy. You start to write out a plot idea but then ditch it after deciding to write another.
  3. You are always attracted to the next candy jar and you are always attracted to the plot next on your extensive list.
  4. You never finish a jar of candy. You never get round to finishing writing one story.
  5. Too much candy and too many plot ideas can make you feel sick.
  6. Friends envy you being surrounded by so much candy and writer friends envy you for being surrounded by so many plots ideas.
  7. All you want to do is settle upon one jar of candy and one plot idea – but no matter how hard you try you can’t.
  8. You envy friends who make a decision and stick to one type of candy. You envy writer friends who make a decision and stick to one plot idea.

Be careful out there writers!

Happy writing!

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39 thoughts on “Why Too Many Plot Ideas Can Feel Like You Are In A Candy Store #AmWriting

  1. When I get too many plots in my brain, I do a quick outline for each one (a beginning, a middle point, and the end). The ones which are missing bits, I put aside for more simmering.

    After that, though, it comes down to, ‘which one excited me the most?’ ‘which one is the most vivid in my head right now?’ ‘which one seems kinda dumb when you look at the whole thing, and needs lots of work?’

  2. I have loads of ideas, i write them down so that when i have a further idea for it i write that with it so i can include it when i finally get there. You have to pace yourself i think.

  3. *Rachael lurks in the huddling mob at Blonde’s front blog door* *she envy’s blonde’s great big pile of plot sweets* *she considers lurking into the room and hiding all Blonde’s plots where she can’t find them, but then decides to turn it into a scavenger hunt instead because that’s always fun at a party* Nice party over here, IBFF. 🙂 I wasn’t lurking *tries to look innocent*.

  4. This is so true! Shiny yummy sweets and shiny enticing plot ideas! I have a list of ideas longer than my considerably short arms. 😀

  5. You had to do this. You had to play on our sweet tooth-s. Sweet teeth? Hmm… Anyway, yes. This is a problem. And a great analogy. Funny but true. Or maybe funny because it’s true. ? *big sigh* Could you just put a ‘closed’ sign on the shop and slide a gumdrop under the door?

    1. Haha I see, our mistress of sweets has been tattling on me! Don’t worry, Sarah, I saved you a whole bowl of sweets. There’s even a few gumdrops left. I admit, I ate most of the chocolate, but Nicholas Rossis helped me get them. He practically threw them at me. 🙂 I’m just glad he didn’t send a mayor my way!

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