Last week I allowed myself to get seduced by a new story idea. It has been heart breaking for my poor draft novel, the one I have been working on for MONTHS.
I have also been watching Love Island, a dating reality TV show, which has been on our screens here in the U.K. since the start of June.
For those who do not watch Love Island, a group of men and women, who are all allegedly looking for love and NOT social media fame OR the £50k prize, are flown out to a villa in Majorca and 69 cameras watch their every move. As the weeks go by the TV producers fly more islanders out there to stir up some emotions and the public vote for those islanders they don’t like to be dumped from the villa.
Some people love this programme and some people hate it. For me it is a guilty pleasure and has provided some good romance fodder for when I return to writing about love.
This week I have been able to see some similarities between getting seduced by a new story idea and this TV show.
So, here are those similarities:
A new story idea can look so attractive when it first arrives in your head. Oh my goodness, this week’s idea left me breathless! This is similar to when a new islander enters the villa and the beautiful sight of them in their skimpy beach wear silences the other islanders (and those at home, on the sofa, clutching a homemade cocktail and a cold compress for their forehead).
A new story idea can tell you are not entirely happy with your draft novel. It knows things are a bit tense at 37k words and judging by your plot plan the situation is not going to improve for some time. The story idea holds your writer gaze for longer than necessary and gives you a cheeky wink. On Love Island those sexy new islanders can tell which couples are not enjoying the first flushes of love. They make a beeline for those poor couples and do what they can to cause emotional havoc.
A new story idea will shamelessly flirt with you. It has no baggage or history with you. This new idea does not care that you have been slaving away at your draft novel since before Christmas and have rewritten the damn thing countless times. This naughty idea just wants you to itself. On Love Island those sexy new islanders will shamelessly flirt with those already in a villa couple. Like the new story idea they have no baggage or history either.
Using Love Island speak, a new story idea has the potential to ‘turn your head’. It will make you turn away from your draft novel and think about how wonderful it would be to write something new and fresh. The new story idea will make you think your writing life will be different once you start it. There will be no hard literary times or moments of creative doubt. My writer head was turned! In Love Island, an islander’s head is turned when they start to fancy someone else. They believe the grass will be greener on the other side too.
At the moment it’s just been dangerous flirting between this new story idea and I.
If I had scribbled down the opening chapter that would have been similar to someone snogging the face of a new attractive Islander whilst their other half watched in dismay.
Luckily for me I have managed to come to my senses but I know this cute story idea is still giving me the ‘eye.’ I need to remain faithful and work through my story relationship issues.
Have you ever been seduced by an attractive new story idea?
Just keep writing x
In other news, this afternoon I will be supporting author Samantha Tonge’s new book cover reveal. This means there will be another post from me at 3pm BST (UK time).