For all of my fellow writers out there - and anyone else who'd like to chime in - I have a question regarding the initial germ of a novel idea.
Let's say you have an idea. Maybe it's only a quick glimpse of an old woman alone in a room with the shades drawn or an exchange of angry dialogue between two people whose names and relationship you don't know. It's only a germ, a seed. You plant it, let it grow, eager to see what blooms.
Now, somewhere in your mind, you're thinking the old woman idea will grow into a novel about aging and generational relationships BUT what actually springs up is a horror novel. You're thinking the argument was between two lovers and will be a novel about love lost BUT it turns out to be a funny, chick lit story about a woman who finds her backbone and adopts three dogs.
My question is, how do you know when the idea has evolved into what it's supposed to be as opposed to if you've really just gone all off track and need to go back to the original germ and begin again?
(I've been struggling with my novel and I'm just wondering if it's because it's very far off from the original germ. I like what's developing but I feel like the original idea wants to be told in a different way and not the way this novel is going. Do I have two different novels here? Am I even making any sense? Maybe I just need more coffee...)