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Too many ideas

Too many ideas

Lately, I’ve been struggling to move forward with my writing. Why? I have too many ideas. I’ve got six manuscripts started, and I keep skipping around between them. By the time I work my way through all of them, I need to reread what I wrote before I can continue with the next. It’s funny how I can forget what I wrote.

I know that I should pick one and stick to it until I’m done, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I keep feeling like I need to go back to the others. It’s very frustrating!

So, I’ve decided to write out a manuscript schedule to try to stop my story-hopping. I’m also going to schedule time before I write to work in a separate “notes” file for each other works. That way I can still get those nagging ideas down but still commit to writing one project at a time.

I don’t know if this will work or not, but I’ve got to do something. Clearly, the system I have of skipping around isn’t working out for me. I’ll never finish anything at this rate. If the schedule is written down and I can look at it, it might feel more like a rule I have to follow. I don’t know. Maybe that’s silly, but it’s worth a try.

Organizational skills have never been a strength of mine. My office is a mess. Did I read somewhere that an unorganized mind is a brilliant mind? If not, don’t tell me. I think I’ll believe it anyway.

I’m also not going to allow myself to start anything new other than a note document for any other ideas that might come along. I have an idea book filled with ideas, but they don’t always harass me to start any writing right away. For those that do, at least I’ll have scheduled time for taking notes.

I’ve been trying to keep my head in a good place (which also involves avoiding the nasty places social media has become) and eliminate all negative thinking as quickly as possible. So in keeping with being positive, when I’m feeling frustrated, I’m going to remember to be grateful for the problem of having too many ideas. It must be much better than having none at all.



The author of middle-grade fantasy adventure books A GAME OF TRUTHS and ASTER FINLAY AND THE GREAT ELAN

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