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Ideas. They’re a bit like buses, aren’t they? You can sit around for ages, weeks sometimes, staring at a blank page until snow blindness sets in. Then just as you are about to surrender all hope, take the ‘writer’ part off your twitter name and use your Writer & Artist’s Year Book as a door stop, along comes an idea. Followed by another one. And another. And ….. You know what I mean.

So there they are, fifteen million and two buses all standing at the stop, and all you have to do is choose which one to get on.

Yup. That’s all you have to do.

Choose. One.

Bejeebus, but it’s difficult.

And then once you’ve made your choice, you look out the window at all those other buses, tormenting yourself with the suspicion that one of them would maybe have got you to your destination quicker AND using the more scenic route. And it looks like the one just behind you has a tea trolley manned by Vincent D’Onofrio. And it’s driven by Nathan Fillion….

So, what do you do?

If you’re anything like me you’ll sit there, staring at the miserably meagre words on your screen until they begin to resemble ants, crawling about the page, sticking out their tongues and flipping the bird at you. You get off the bus you chose (but keep a note of its number, just in case you want to go back to it later), and hop on another one, this time KNOWING you chose the right one.

Then you make the mistake of having just a quick peek out the window and….

Seriously, I always seem to get more ideas when I am already working on something, ideas that seem so much better than the work in progress. And no matter how hard I try to ignore them, they always start to whisper in my ear that the story I’m working on isn’t really that good anyway and perhaps I’d be better off throwing it in the bin and starting again.

Please tell me I’m not alone in this, and how do you cope with it?
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