Hurray for me; I have this shiny new idea for a story! About time. I love my new idea, even have a few lines written, and started some plotting. Yes, you heard that right from a pantster - I am doing some minimal plotting. Plotting of course, entails RESEARCH.
I was over at M Pax site, and she posted about a dwarf galaxy that was being absorbed by the Milky Way, and that sparked a cool idea. Except, I know nothing about science or astrology. For this idea I need to know some stuff about planets, and sustaining some type of humanoid life form without direct sunlight. I love research! Just give me an excuse and I will happily dive into research heaven for anything. ANYTHING. Following one link to another, thinking new what-if questions to answer. Getting lost in trivia for hours, days.
The problem is that I am the queen of procrastination. And what better way to procrastinate than to conduct research for a shiny new story idea. I've had a couple story ideas that required lots of research, and I spent so much time researching, I forgot what I was going to use the research for; what the plot for the story should be.
And while I am grateful for this shiny new idea, and the opportunity to increase my knowledge about an interesting subject I know very little about. This love of research, coupled with my inclination for procrastination, make me question if I want to write this story at all, or if I am just bored and want some reason to sit for hours on my computer and pretend to still be a writer.
That is my insecurity this month; that my idea that needs lots of research is just a fleeting procrastination tactic to not complete any unfinished projects. Have you ever questioned a new story idea?
Ya'll know the drill for Insecure Writers Support Group, and if not, visit the link for details, and of course for a list of participating blogs. Be sure to stop by Alex's co-hosts this month: M Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone and Randi Lee. I've got lots going on this week so I may not get around to much visiting until late this weekend.