Sunday, December 20, 2009


(Pronounced S-nee, like squee except with out the qu, just replaced with an n) (And I don't know how to get rid of those lines that have appeared at the top of this post...)

To me its stands for Shiny New Idea, of course I don't know if anyone else uses that abbreviations, but whatever. So I was wondering, how do you sort through your SNIs? Because, I tend to get a lot of them, during the rough patches with whatever project I'm working on, because my brain has been idle and is rebelling at the constant attention to a few characters by sending me other interesting ones to talk to. Now I keep a list of all my cool SNIs, you know the ones that have potential, because lets face it not all of them have any potential at all and are obviously just there because my brain was bored. Those I let disappear into the abyss of forgotten knowledge, I like to imagine those ideas are happy playing with ninth grade algebra, and all the sentence structure and spelling I learned over the years. But the good SNIs like to stick around and be persistent, tempting little jerks.

So I was wondering, how do you keep your brain from wandering and how exactly do you sort through the SNI's and then once you've weeded out the bad ones, how exactly do you pick which good one you want to work with? (After you've finished your current project of course.)


Jade said...

That's a good question. I'm not sure how I pick my next idea. I guess one calls to me more then others.

As for not being distracted, I try to not think about it too much, which is hard. As soon as I start obsessing over a new idea, my interest in my current project usually dwindles.

The Writing Ninja said...

Great question Hales. I honestly have no idea. I'm such a scatterbrain. I have several ideas and the best thing to do is just jot them down when I have them. Like Jade said I have a bad habit as well to forget my current project and go with the newest one.

Best of luck to you!