Happy Thursday Everyone!
One of the worst things facing a writer is Writer’s Block. You all know what I mean. You sit before a blank screen or note pad, willing the words to come and yet hours, or even days later, you are still looking at the same blank page. It is not only discouraging and frustrating, but you wonder if you are out of ideas or just need a break. Each writer has a way to contend with the block and with any luck, the muse will return and you will me happily on your way to completing you next novel.
But what if the reverse happens? Instead of being faced with a block, you are being bombarded with so many ideas that you can’t think straight. So many new story ideas, dialogues and plotlines are racing through your head at breakneck speed that you can’t concentrate on any of them. This can be as detrimental to writing as a block. Maybe even worse.
How can that be? How can an author have too many ideas? One would think that to be a blessing and not a curse. Unfortunately, if too many ideas are coming at you at once, very little gets accomplished. You have a ton of great plans for what you hope will be a best seller and yet you are still looking at that same blank screen. Add all the other things going on in your life…work, family, social commitments, social media and promotion involved in selling your last release, and it can become overwhelming.
I find this happens a lot lately and getting one voice/story to speak louder than another can be a real challenge. I know I need to work on a specific WIP, or I want to develop the plotline for a new story, yet all the other voices keep putting in their two cents worth. I know I should be writing, but keeping on top of emails, promotion ideas and social media requests are also begging to be taken care of. In the end, aside from a huge headache and feeling guilty that I must be neglecting something or someone important, I end up with several partially written books and a file filled with next to be written stories. The more frustrated I get and the more I try to settle down and get working on a story, the harder it becomes to focus and concentrate. However, if you ignore the voices and force yourself to focus on one story, you could miss out on some great ideas.
So, no matter where I go, I keep a note pad or my netbook handy. I have my want to be written stories in files and add to each as the ideas hit me. I do my best to stay focused, but if another story is speaking to me, I surrender to it and work on it for a while. I find this usually allows me to clear my head and when I do go back to the story I WANT to finish, the ideas flow more easily. Distancing myself from all writing for a day sometimes helps, but usually find my mind wandering back to one or more of my books. This may sound like a poor way to write, and one would wonder how I would ever get a story written or to completion. LOL I ask myself that some days. But, I also keep telling myself, you can’t deny the muse. In the end instead of one book, with any luck, I will have several. Things happen for a reason and when the time is right. I have to believe that when the book is meant to be finished and presented to the world, it will be.
How do you deal with this?
Have a great day and happy writing!