Writing is a finicky business and ideas aren’t always what they are cracked up to be. Sometimes even the best ideas don’t quite fit in with what you ultimately want.
This happened to me just recently. Once I finished my NaNoWriMo novel I immediately started planning my “what’s next”. I wanted to get a few short stories written for my site so I could have posts while I edited my novel and worked on the grindy aspects of the site. So in preparation for this I wrote one story and a couple of essays for another site.
I then sat down and spent a few hours brainstorming and coming up with interesting short story ideas. They range all through the fantasy spectrum and when I was done I had 7 or 8 ideas written up that I just had to sit down and write. I spent a few days working on other tasks, and this afternoon I find myself with some time to write.
The problem I’m running into is I have been doing some learning about various things and it put me in the mood to write something lighthearted or at least with a funny twist like A Noble Quest. Going back to my ideas though, I discovered my ideas were dark. Some were downright depressing. Now I find myself back at 0 with no ideas I want to work with.
Stephen King in a clip I watched said (paraphrasing) “Carrying a writer’s notebook is the best way to keep bad ideas”. He felt if an idea doesn’t stick in your head it probably isn’t worth writing. Maybe he’s right. However, the ideas aren’t bad, just not what I want to write. Oh well, back to the drawing board.