I've changed gears a bit.
I've learned that my brain doesn't like to stay on one story from start to finish without trying to shove two or three other projects in the way. This is something I've fought over the years, usually with little success. While I've been trying to come up with a work around for these most recent "YOU-MUST-WRITE-THIS-STORY-INSTEAD-RIGHT-NOW" signals from my brain, I thought back to how I've best dealt with it in the past.
And I realized I've never successfully dealt with this problem at all. My more recent selling stories have been works I've started, took a break from, worked on something, then came back to them to finish them up. More often than not, I'm able to complete something only after having taken a break from it. Instead of fighting this, I'm embracing it.
Does that mean my novella is on hold? No. I'm still working on it. And I'm having a lot of fun with it. The three main characters are characters I've come to care about, and I'm finding I'm able to slip into their points of view with little-to-no hesitation . . . which makes it exciting for me to revisit any of these three people every time I start a new chapter or viewpoint section in the work-in-progress.
And I'll be doing that as I bang out the words for a different project . . .
. . . that I technically started a couple of years ago, and now the fire for THIS one is burning me up, so I need to finish IT.