What do you do when ideas over-run your imagination?
What do you do when you find yourself skipping from one to another?
What do you do when one of your ideas hits hard and you have writers block?
I am a writer and every one of those has happened to me in the year I have been writing. So, what can you do?
Ideas over-running your imagination
Write all your ideas down. Whether they be one word, a sentence or a whole poem. Write them down. I have found it beneficial to keep a couple of notebooks handy. Who am I kidding?? I have heaps of them!
One in the car, one in my bag and one with my lap top. I scribble down everything and have been even known to get up in the middle of the night to write something down. Of course you always have the notes app on an ipad or phone too.
You can store those notebooks, use the ideas whenever you want or maybe not at all. Depending on the path that your creativity takes you
Skipping from one idea to another.
Again, ensure you keep notes, make sure that you know where you are at with your ideas. I find that I like to look at my ideas to see what has the most appeal. I use my family for advice.
I try and contain what I am doing. Too many ideas means I am not thinking rationally about what I am working on and what I am planning.
I find that I need to look at not only the individual ideas that I am skipping around, but also my writing as a whole. Do I have 5 ideas that are similar? If so, can I combine them for one piece?
I am currently writing a book based on my late aunts stories and writings. I have found however that every time I pick it up to work on it, I find myself going round in circles and not moving forward. I find that I read more of it, than I do write anything.
While I have chapters planned out, I struggle to find the words to fill them. For this reason, I have put it away for a few weeks. I have another project on the go and will come back after that is completed.
Remember, that you are the driver of your writing. You are the writer and the editor. You have the potential to be your own greatest fan and your own worst critic.
Always remember…..you are not the only writer that has to work through issues as Ive discussed. You are not the first and you most certainly won’t be the last.