Recently I've spent about a month and a half researching for a novel I'm going to embark on and it's been getting to the point I've been feeling quite nervous as to how this research is going to turn into a novel, I don't have a plot yet or any characters. I was sort of plodding on with research, partly with the hope that something would spark from it (Sarah Waters style).
Now the weirdest thing happened last night. A completely new idea for a novel requiring very little if any research sprang into my mind and grew and grew and I love it! But it's totally unrelated to my recent research.
My creative side says dump the research and go with the new thing, I need to enjoy what I'm doing and I don't enjoy research and this new thing is exciting and means I am writing for a real purpose again. But I fear this is perhaps giving into my fish-like attention span maybe. Am I going to be one of those writers jumping from project to project, never finishing anything, if I don't stick with the research now? On the other hand this 'new thing' is something I can start writing NOW.
What would you do? I think I know the answer as to what I should do but I would love to hear some other thoughts on this.