Two days ago, I had an idea for a new setting. Something that at least I think would be fairly cool, and it would tie up one loose end of something I have been working on for some time. But there are also some downsides. Specifically, I should really work on this new idea before the story I was outlining for NaNoWriMo because it serves as a “genesis” for the setting used in that story. I’ll have to start over from scratch with a new story arc, new characters, a new outline.
I am fairly sure that, once I post specifics, you’ll go “well, meh, that isn’t that original or exciting”. For the moment, however, this new idea is quite an obsession. Something I want to work on, and in the end I do all of this for myself so that’s okay.
I still wonder: Do you guys ever get that type of idea you feel absolutely compelled to work on? And what does it say about myself that doing something terrible to an imagined city then throwing some non-existing people into that situation makes me all excited and gleeful?