After a rousing five minutes of the three-year-old yelling Katy Perry's song Hot n' Cold in my ear (at least her version of it) and telling me my ears are quite soft (thanks Vyolette, you tenderized them beforehand) I began to think about how ideas are formed and subsequently rejected or embraced. One minute you're hot for it and the next, you've moved on to something prettier or easier or way more interesting.
I am blessed with rampant ADD. I am rarely at a loss for ideas but the flibbity gibbet in me can't settle on one for long and I litter my hard drive with half-baked ideas and aborted first chapters. As my good friend Aly would say, however, I nearly always round back to a good idea eventually and get my groove on until I finish. Some writers use notebooks to record the awesome things floating around in their mind, others a voice recorder. I rely on my children. Brilliant, eh? I tell them to "Never let mommy forget XXXXX." It's had, er, varying success. The Zombie Dating Guide was Syenna's baby and she made sure I kept to it throughout NaNo. Pocket Full of Posies fell onto Wynter's shoulders. Let's say it's one of those "back to it" projects. ;)
Do you choose a subject based on trends or what you're passionate about? Do you study the markets and see what's selling right now and cater to an established audience or hope to win them over with your unique slant on a subject?
How do you pick and choose your next project?