I’ve never had a problem coming up with ideas. But what to do with them while I’m already working on a project?
Why, jot them down of course! That’s all you can do. Any little insight, observation or idea, no matter how silly. Because later on, when you’re ready to start something new, one of those ideas could come in handy.
Sometimes, it can be quite frustrating to receive a fresh and exciting new idea when you’re in the middle of writing something else. I know that some authors write/develop multiple books at once, but I prefer to do one project at a time for ultimate immersion in the protagonist’s world.
To be honest, I shouldn’t really complain about getting too many ideas, because it’s better than having too few! And all of these ideas are kept in the pipeline for potential future projects, so I’ll never be short of something to write.
The fate of these ideas remains to be seen. Some will inevitably amount to nothing, others will be worthy of development, or may evolve into entirely different beasts altogether. What I do know is that the process of developing an idea, from a little seed into a fully fledged book, is an absolute joy and definitely worthwhile.