I’m late with my post this morning because … well, frankly, I didn’t have anything to blog about until I realized I have a few ideas for books running around in my head. And I’ve actually done something about it lately.
Time was, I’d get an idea and scribble down the thought on a notepad or some scrap of paper and then promptly lose it. Or I’d have nothing around to write on and before I could get someplace where I could write it down, I’d forget the idea. But lately, I’ve been getting ideas in a much stronger form – a lot more developed than they used to be – and I’m able to work them up a bit in my head before they come clamoring out onto something. I’ve got a three-subject spiral-bound notebook I’m using for jotting the ideas and their development down in, and I’m finding the process of pushing the words past my hand manually, as opposed to on a keyboard, is gratifying in a tactile way. The tooth of the paper, the drag of the lead, my hand against the page … all very intimate in a way which can’t be duplicated with computer input. (But it comes at the cost of legibility.)
Anyway, I’ve had a lot of ideas over the last few weeks. I’ve worked some of them up, others not quite as much, and I’ve been brewing another one for a total of three new book ideas. I’ve also taken an old idea and started thinking about how I can salvage that one, which makes four. Then I have the current WIP and the editing to address. Six irons in the fire all told. (The editing really should take priority I guess.)
I can’t decide what to do. And so, from paralysis because I had no ideas into paralysis from having too many things to do I jauntily go. And I get nothing done. Nothing.
How ‘bout you guys? Fellow writers, are you moving forward with something? If you’ve got more than one idea which equally excite you, how do you choose what to work on? How do you decide where to put the priorities on your work?
Readers – what plans you got for this weekend?
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