Sometimes my mind is a blessing; at others, it's a curse. There are few feelings better than being in the middle of writing and getting struck with a rush of ideas that can expand your story and make it more compelling. Sadly, for every feast there is a famine; times when I sit and stare at words, wholly at a loss for where to go and what to do. Some people call it writer's block, but for me it seems more like overthinking. Then again, who says the two are mutually exclusive? Lately it seems that my primary hurdle is too many ideas.
I published my debut novel last August and followed it up with a horror novella in December. Then, after a quick breather, started work on my full-length follow-up (which is now 37k words and counting). I kick myself looking at the days where inspiration eluded me, wondering if that number wouldn't be closer to 50k or more. Then again, that doesn't matter. What does matter is where I am, which is with a brain full of ideas, all of them fighting for limited real estate.
Soon after I started work on my second novel, I started writing a third, unrelated piece, which I have shelved for the time being (and one that I'll probably scrap and re-start when I get back to it). On top of that, I had a great (in my estimation) idea for yet another book. Add in the idea that I've had for a children's/YA book and another horror installment, and there are so many things that I want to work on. Admittedly, it's not necessarily a bad problem to have, but it can be difficult to focus during those slow periods with so many thoughts bouncing around.
Undoubtedly, I'll end up having multiple projects in progress simultaneously, which is ok because I don't have any set publication deadlines and I trust myself enough to focus long enough to make headway everyday, it's just a lot to juggle.
So, fellow writers, how are your WIPs coming along? Are you balancing several ideas? I really didn't need to ask that second question, because I'm sure that you all are. Drop me a line and let me know how things are shaking out.
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Until we meet again...