Yes, I know before I even post what the answer is, but as many of you have struggled with the same demon, and as I sometimes find that writing out a problem helps me settle upon a solution, I thought I would post this little bit of internal struggle. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I am currently involved in a project for which I hold out much hope for success, unlike any other project I have undertaken before. Because it is a historical, my writing is periodically interrupted with additional research, as points in the story require that previously unanticipated historical bits be fleshed out for accurracy. So, I have grown accustomed to stoppages in the creative outflow process. And then she just popped in there - a new character, completely unrelated to the historical, just sprouted out of my imagination without me even looking for her. Not only that, but she came with a difficult personal problem and chained to a mystery. Okay, I thought. Good idea, I thought. Jot down a few notes and put in the "future projects" file, then get back to the historical. So, I did. I jotted down some notes. Twenty two pages of notes. Well, it wound up being more like a chapter. And the start of another. Stop. I told myself to stop. Forced myself back to my research material. I'm making progress, but she keeps popping in there, slowing me down. I know. Must be disciplined. Exercise impulse control. "Impulse control is damaged, Captain. Could take days before we are underway again." Ack!! All right. Here's what I'll do. I will allow no more than four days to compile an outline of a future project. Got that, guys?? F-U-T-U-R-E P-R-O-J-E-C-T. Four days to outline it and then it gets locked away. Thanks, I feel better now.