You’re cruising along in your writing, following a certain idea, a certain rabbit trail that has you darting and dogging over and under a thrilling maze of obstacles until you are satisfied that you have what you want.
And then, you get another idea – an idea which will completely restructure everything you just wrote. This new idea has merit, for sure, or I wouldn’t be talking about it, but will it make the story better? Will it add anything or will it become an unnecessary distraction?
Should you throw your “idea-bomb” into your writing and blow things up and start again?
Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this question.
I’ve come across this issue on a play I’ve been working on. The play itself has a simple setting with only two characters. Most of the play has already been fleshed out and written, and I expected to let the writing cruise on home to finish this bad-boy.
But a new idea hit me. I could suddenly add a new character about half-way into the action to completely change everything. I’m tempted by the possibility, but I am unsure if, in the long run, it would be the right thing to do.
What’s the only option? Write it both ways and compare.
If that seems like the most time-consuming thing to do, it is.
Do I have a huge amount of time to write? I don’t.
So now the decision comes.
And the decision solely rests on the writer. Would it be wrong to ignore the new idea and stick with the original? Not at all. It might even be preferable.
Would it be wrong to delay ending the project by exploring some new writing avenues? Of course not. Writing is a marathon not a sprint.
Will the writer’s decision be easier by writing a blog post about the dilemma?
I was hoping for another answer, but there you have it. Only the writer can make those decisions.
Good luck making yours.