There is a major, major downside to writing. This is that it's a very solitary thing. At least it is when you're your own proofreader, pre-reader, and editor. This means that when you have ideas, especially ones that conflict with eachother, you don't really have anyone to turn to. Someone to help make sense of all the ideas and help you balance them out and assign them an order. Someone to help make things clear.
I recently got a very good idea for a story and then I realised it conflicted with other ideas I had. Mostly the idea to have a sequel. The sequel wasn't going to be very long and would only feature one major event. At least, that is as much as I had planned. I came up with ways to introduce this major event into the story I'm currently working on. This would mean though that all the little things from the sequel also wouldn't really get a chance to exist.
My brain makes many little connections and really organises things quite well. When I get one idea I can usually offshoot them into a lot of other smaller ideas. I can come up with lots of connecting points too. I can take a story from Point A to Point B via Points C,D,E,F,G and Z. Like I said in the podcast last week, I generally have a beginning and an end to a story, and let a lot of the middle stuff write itself, except for other smaller beginnings and ends. Or, if you will, story arcs. I suppose I can kind of give you some context here.
So, in the first story, I had a young orphan character who tried to commit suicide because of abuse suffered in her past, and perceived abuse in her present. Her life is saved by someone she had convinced herself hated her, and the two made up as all the truth came out. I actually reread this story recently and it was painful to do because it was based on my own emotions at the time.
In the second story the young girl lives with the older one and confronts both her past and present. She deals with, confronts, and overcomes her inadequacies with the help of the older girl and her friend. In essence she finds a new family.
The third story would have dealt with her confronting her old family, the one that abandoned and abused her. But I think I can work this confrontation into the second story, and that really is mostly what the third story would have been. Other than some other random little bits.
I think I'm probably going to have to combine the second and third stories really. Although, by the time you've read this, I've probably made up my mind.