Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So Many Ideas...So Little Time
Some writers say that starting a story is their biggest challenge. That coming up with things to write about is difficult.
Personally, something I am never short on is IDEAS. In fact, I have so many ideas that I am often overwhelmed.
You'd think having lots of ideas would be a good thing. And, essentially, it is.
Here's something I AM short on: TIME.
So although ideas are great, when I don't have the time to explore them all, it's just plain frustrating. I have literally dozens of story ideas and I love every single one of them. My brain is screaming to be unleashed and allowed to pursue these ideas - because I know they would all be best sellers. IF I had the time to write them.
So what to do?
One of the things I know I need to do is become more disciplined with my time. Between my freelance work, my personal blog postings, social networking, working one or two days at an outside job, trying to keep my house semi-clean, and running my kids around everywhere, my brain gets cluttered with non-creative stuff so that honestly, even though I want to work on my ideas, when I do have a couple extra minutes, it's hard to muster up the creativity I need to "go there." Making my creative stuff (my novel, in particular) a priority, and scheduling time every day to work on it, might help.
But then comes the problem of which one to work on. People have told me to work on the idea that's closest to my heart. The one I feel "called" to write. See, there's the problem. I feel called to write them all. I love them all. I know I could write them all if I could just find the time to do it.
I know I can't be the only one struggling with confusion and frustration (please tell me I'm not!). So my question for you is how do you do it? How do you wade through all of your ideas and (1) decide which one to pursue and (2) find the time to actually finish them?
Seriously. I'd love to know.
Thanks in advance for your input. I'll check back later for your response. For now, I'm out of time.