Careless Whisperers

I have several works-in-progress. Oh, would that other stories would stop insisting on telling me more of their own people and plots and let me finish one at a time!

Do you have that problem?

I will get up a full head of steam, ready to tackle one story  and am determined to finish it when there, while I am doing something else, (housework, paperwork, in the shower), another one of my stories often says, “Listen, you know that part when whatshername finds the thing? It was because when you wrote that the guy said he was going there, she knew he had it.”  Perhaps: “Hey, the girl in the other story can’t have the name you gave her because the meaning we need is…”  Or I see/ hear something and hear: “This is like that part of the story of the man with the talent; if you phrase what he says to his assistant like this,  then…”.Then there’s the, “Hey, the stories you and TJ  put together and figured out about Uncle Whatsits’ the trouble is quite a story.  You could use it to make quite a read. You need to write it…now.”

Episodes like that.


I make notes when I can, but while I am otherwise occupied those scenes play out, scenes that have nothing at all to do with the story that needs to be fleshed out, finished, or edited.

Then I get caught up in the plots and dialogues of the other works.

can work on just one piece. I can be dedicated, totally immersed in one story… when patootie is in chair and fingers are on keyboard.

However, when they aren’t, I have intruders.


I hate to shut them out, because they are quite often very inspired additions to the other stories.

But they can be pests.

I wish they’d take turns.

I wish I had a one of these in my head:


Do your stories bother you when you aren’t planning on giving them attention?


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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14 Responses to Careless Whisperers

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Absolutely & definitely!
    In fact, it seems — in my case — that once the Muse realizes I have a deadline (with edits, for example) she will make an extra effort to confound me with MULTIPLE new story ideas.
    And they won’t let me alone until I (at least) start a document and write down whatever’s in my noggin at that point about that story.
    Maddening in one way, but very intriguing nonetheless.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    All. The. Time. This is why I haven’t completed anything new this year. I’ve got two that are around 80 percent finished, another a little over half done, and several more that have a half dozen chapters written. I just can’t seem to finish them. Today is the first day of Nano, so in order to get the word count, I’m starting a new project that one of my publishers suggested. You are definitely not alone!

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  3. Not really. It’s usually only the characters in the story I’m working on that won’t leave me alone.

    The one time intrusion from a character in another story happened was when a somewhat minor character from my first book, the villain’s accomplice, who also had a scene in my second story, wouldn’t let me alone during the writing of my third book. She didn’t have a role at all in the third story.

    This character would enter my head, telling me that I just couldn’t leave her like that. I had to straighten out her life and make people like her. So…after the third book was published, I started a story about this pest’s life, troubles, and what finally became of her.

    Ever since that book was published, I’m back to my current characters bombarding me with thoughts.

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    • Amazing, isn’t it? In just one story I have had people get into verbal fights that I never planned, another couple inviting themselves to lunch with that couple, (which I never planned, but worked out, because I realized during the lunch that they gave the man and his wife a reason to be apart for a while, which I needed). Then the woman did something I never planned, and another set of couples, which were to have a minor subplot, would simply NOT cooperate.Haha for them; I basically left them out except as ‘extras’ in one scene!


      • LOL I love it when I come up with ideas after the fact to help work out a situation where the reader would have otherwise said, “Wait a minute…there was no reason for that.” That’s why I never do an outline before starting the story, and I simply jot down on index cards per scene what the major things happening are. The story seems to flow much better that way.


        • I can’t imagine outling.I have no idea how people write that way, but whatever works for them. Me? I have voices in my head! You should have seen my trying to type to keep up with the argument!


  4. When I’m plotting out a story I often get sidetracked with other story ideas or additions to other works. When I’m writing I just deal with my characters in the story I am writing in. I guess their polite like that.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    When I write I’m usually so immersed in the story that I can’t think of anything else, However, a couple of times when I had one story going I had new ideas that begged me to get busy and write their story.

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  6. I have two new books started and had to choose between them for NaNo. Sometimes I feel like the lion tamer holding a chair and whip and saying, “Back. Back. Stay back!” to keep other stories and characters at bay. They can sometimes make you a little crazy. 😉

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    • Oh, yes, Lucy, exactly. You also need a ‘Take a Number’ machine! We are kindred spirits.
      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.
      Good luck with NaNo and allof your work.


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