Do You Supersede One Story for Another..?


Supersede – definition: 1) to be set aside ; replace 2) to take the place of in a position of power, authority

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It is a writers bane to have numerous ideas clamoring inside our heads. Scribbled notes, outlines and partial stories populate our space, whether in our minds or a physical ‘filing’ system of some sort. These ideas tend to reveal themselves when we are in the midst of another project. Why is that? If we are lucky we can jot down the details and carry on but sometimes the new idea will not take second place.

We then have to make the decision whether the new idea should supersede the current work in progress or find a way to ‘ignore’ it’s incessant chatter. Sometimes after writing a simple story arc we are left in peace. However, other times no matter how much we try to disregard the formulating idea it wears us down.

This  phenomenon is not confined to new ideas, however. How many of you have been ‘reminded’ of an older project out of the blue? The project may have been set aside for a number of reasons and quite suddenly the answer to the problem becomes clear. A plot line reveals itself or a character is perfectly defined. With renewed enthusiasm  we return, excited to have found the answer after what can be weeks or even months.

Can you share an instance you experienced?

5 thoughts on “Do You Supersede One Story for Another..?

  1. It’s the second one which happens to me. My current project is suffering because my mind keeps wanting to resolve issues with an old one, with answers I’ve just figured out. I’ve had to force myself to leave it alone!

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