Ideas like to come into my head when I already have too many. I’m working on two stories right now, and random ideas for a third one popped into my head. When that happens, I try to incorporate those ideas into my work-in-progress somehow, but I don’t think that will work with this particular set of ideas. They’re just too different.
Every time I get a really good idea, I seem to want to turn it into a novel, or something very long, rather than make a short story out of it instead. I don’t like writing short stories because they are so short. I feel like there’s not enough room for everything I want to say, or for the ideas I have to fully develop.
But if I did write this new story (or new novel, or whatever the new ideas evolve into), it would be heavily symbolic. There would be controversial topics that I would rather hear characters discuss than to talk about myself. There would be characters, who, although fascinating, might not necessarily be likable. In other words, the story would not be marketable. It would not be terribly reader-friendly. It might just be a thought that I need to get out of my head and off my chest.
But I will hold onto these ideas like they are balloons. I won’t let them slip out of my grip for even a moment, and when I do have to let them go, I’ll tie them onto doorknobs and bedposts so they won’t drift away. 🙂