Saturday, 5 April 2014

Too Many Things to Do...

My brain is getting overloaded.

The end of March beginning of April is always busy- not enough hours to do everything- and it's badly hit my writing this year.

Ideas for longer stories keep bubbling away in the background, but then they reach a point where there are enough aspects clear, so they come into my consciousness and interfere with whatever I'm working on - this time it's occurred with two different story ideas, each set in a different time period too...

I'd already gathered some of the random notes together on one of the stories, but now the creative part of my brain is throwing plot bunnies here and there- usually at a time I don't need them and can't deal with them...

I'd started reading the novella first draft and making notes, but can't do that properly while I'm dealing with the other characters and scenarios in my head wanting attention. I need to concentrate on my hero and heroine in this story, not get contamination from these other characters.

I haven't finished the final editing, on the two short stories I intended submitting, either!

Then there's my trip to Bath, I still haven't sorted that out.

Equally there are a lot of other bits and pieces that need sorting to stop chaos taking over life at home...

As it's now the two week Easter break for schools/colleges here, I'm going to take some time out and organise my trip to Bath, then tackle the short stories and get them out the way. Hopefully that will help a little.

Creativity can be as much a curse as a joy sometimes...

So how do you cope when your mind is buzzing with ideas?

12 comments:

  1. Buzzing is a good gauge of creativity. I know it's frustrating, but where would we be without those ideas?

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  2. Very true, Helen.

    I'd just like to be able to finish one project without others hijacking me. :D

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  3. Carol, I sympathise, I'm a terrible butterfly myself flitting between several projects and then wondering why I don't get any of them finished! When I get completely overloaded I like to go for a walk or a swim, but alas just lately I haven't done either. I'm feeling it.

    Taking a day off here and there is a boost when things get too stressful, and I feel overloaded with stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Maria.

      I took a day out completely and just did anything that didn't require thinking about. Woke up the next day feeling less abuzz. :)

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  4. I can so relate to this, Carol. I have so much to do and feel so overwhelmed that I end up getting nothing done. I used to find going for a walk helped like Maria says x

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    1. Thanks, Teresa.

      Walking often gets my brain working even more. I can guarantee that I'll start getting sparks of ideas or solutions unless there's something to keep me occupied. :D

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  5. I go for a walk - or lie awake worrying, depending on the time!

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    1. Lizy, have you tried reading instead of lying awake- works for me. :)

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  6. As Teresa mentions, sometimes we can have so much to do we achieve nothing - how I know the truth of that! God luck with sorting your ideas, Carol - I'm trying t do the same at the moment.

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  7. Hope you are getting somewhere with your ideas, Rosemary.

    A few days of not trying to write and relaxing instead, sorted the busy brain, and I've now made a start on the to-write list. :D

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  8. It is hard to concentrate on just one thing at a time. I try to work out which is more important, or with writing, which is most likely to result in success and do that first.

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  9. That's a really helpful suggestion, Patsy. I'll have to sit down and look at all my projects and prioritise. :)

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