Writer’s Block #3: Too many ideas!!!

So earlier this week I talked about Irrational Fears being the cause of my Writers Block and this post I am going to talk about ideas being the cause of my Writer’s block.

What is that you say? How can an idea be the cause of writer’s block?

Maybe having too many ideas is great for some people, but not for me. There are times when a dearth of ideas spring to my head. I actually get feel angry and tense, because an overflow of ideas. I would get exhausted because my mind would not stop bouncing around. I don’t know whre to settle so I settle on none of them. When I was in my early 20’s, I would start working on one project then drop it and work on another then drop it, but never get anywhere. Then it a self loathing cycle. Consuming was easier than creating.

The problem was my lack of commitment. Some people will disagree with me, but I feel ideas are literally worthless especially because if they are not getting any traction, you end up going over and over them in your head while you should be writing.

Sometimes they will be things that you need to add to the story you want to tell– Great use it.

Other times they will not work with that story and begin to distract you. That’s okay, you do not have to give up on the new ideas, Write the others down, Save them in a file (or in my case put them in a file cabinet) so you can come back later bring your focus back to your main plot or idea of the story you are writing.

This is what happened with Faminelands #3. I had a terrible case of too many ideas and not enough page space.  I wanted political alliances, I needed to end both Lark and Orin’s character arcs. I had to reintroduce a minor character and onwards and onwards. Every time I would work on it, I kept getting lost in the story. I finally turned away from the story and the novel took me three times as long as the others did. Why? Because I wasn’t committed to ending the story. Instead of focusing, I allowed the ideas I wanted to portray overwhelm the entire story, this meant my drawing suffered too. I eventually took a siesta from the graphic novel and wrote Other Systems before I went back.  Then there was still too many ideas I cut out an entire scene and decided to create another fantasy novel called the Martlet.

Anyone else have this problem or am I just crazy?


One response to this post.

  1. Best of luck.

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War


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