Don’t Overfill Your Plate

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IMG_6623It’s not unusual for a writer to be knee deep in a manuscript when they’re struck with a brandy new sparkly idea.  That idea will sneak up on you in the shower. It will invade your dreams and try to work its way into your conversations.  It will use its literary wiles to try and lure you away from what you’re already working on.

Should you do it?

I know it’s tempting and it has certainly worked out for some, but I know others who have this problem chronically and therefore they never end up finishing a story.  It’s a shame but avoidable!

You need to focus, follow through and finish up that original project before you go back to that overflowing idea plate for more. Definitely take the time and jot down all the ideas and thoughts you have for that new idea and then put it into the freezer of your mind to be thawed and heated up when the time is right.

If you decide it really can’t wait, then focus on that idea alone and come back to your original project once you’ve finished. There are certainly people who can handle more than one project at a time, but I feel your writing can suffer when you’re trying to eat everything off that plate at once. You don’t want to choke! One at a time is best. Give it your all and then be fresh to finish up other projects.

How do you handle new ideas that pop up during current projects?

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  1. I used to get distracted by shiny new ideas all the time and more than once wondered if I’d ever be able to finish a story. As time progressed and I learned more, I stopped. Now the only thing getting in the way of finishing a story is the day job.

    • I hear ya. Damn having to pay those bills!

      It’s nice to see we’ve learned what works and how to complete things though 🙂 although admittedly I’ve still got stuff outstanding 😛

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