How I Cope With Multiple Story Ideas

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I brought down the hammer in Why I Threw Your Writing in the Trash.  Now I'm going to show you how I, at least, deal with being a prolific, creative individual.  Because many of us are! and it isn't always easy to balance our story ideas and keep forging ahead.

I don't get that distracted by my blog.  I'm getting back into the swing of blogging now that fifteen months have gone by after Filigree Marguerite's birth, but it doesn't eclipse my actual writing.  After all, I have to have writing to showcase on my writing blog.  Le duh. 

I can tell when a story needs to be my one true love.  You know I have upwards of a dozen story ideas in the wings.  That's a lot of content jammed into my brain, and my brain is rarely quiet.  The trick?  Knowing which story needs to be written now.  Right now, that's Drakeshelm.  Yes, it's not next up in the chronology, but it's telling me that it's time.  It's ready.  The others will have to wait.  You have to know when your story is telling you, "Time for me.  I'm ready to be written."  And go with it.

I don't let hard spots turn me off and make me think the story isn't ready to be written.  Because that's baloney.  EVERY story will have hard spots.  Really, really, really hard spots when you're stuck in the same place for days - even weeks - with no progress.  You're going to feel guilty and want to do something because you've been told that a writer has to write every day.  Also baloney.  I let the story simmer.  I let it rest.  The breakthrough will come to me - always does!  You can't get so discouraged that you flee into the arms of another story.  You've got to mend the relationship with the story you're currently working on.

I do take the time to write down scenes from other stories.  Wait.  What?  I just said I don't let myself get distracted.  No, I don't.  But I also know that my brain is quietly working on other stories as well, and if a scene surfaces, I grab it and nail it down so that, when I do get to that other story, I'll have bookmarked that scene for myself.  I won't remember it if I don't.  It doesn't take me long to jot it down, and once it's out of my brain, it's like having scratched an itch.  I have the relief and I can go back to my current work in progress.

Fundamentally, I believe.  I believe in myself as a writer.  I believe I can do it.  I believe in my story.  I believe that it deserves to be written - through the bad times as well as the good, fundamentally, I believe.  That's what keeps me going on one story while the others, equally exciting, wait their turn.  I know I can do it.  I've done it before, I'll do it again, and it will be grand.  I believe.

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