Have you ever had an idea that comes to you but you can’t write the story just now, so you let it sit there in the back of your mind to simmer?
This has happened to me a couple times. My idea for my first completed contemporary Western was like this. The entire time I was writing the second half of my first paranormal, I kept thinking about the characters of that other story.
Most recently, the idea has come from a song. I was listening to the latest Luke Bryan song on the radio while housecleaning, and before I knew it, I had the basic plot of a story in my mind. For several hours, it was all I could think about. Now, every time I hear “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” I start thinking of this story the characters.
I have to finish the paranormal I’m currently working on for submission, then I want to finish another contemporary Western that I began but haven’t finished so that I can submit that one, too. But I swear this book will be the next new project I start. I may even try making it just a novella. We’ll see. I just know that by this time next year, I’ll have a story with a rodeo cowboy down on his luck, a beat up pickup truck, and a rich city girl carrying one huge secret with miles of open road to fall in love on… I can’t wait!