From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When the Ideas are Buzzy and Fuzzy

It's been a bit of a hectic week. I spent basically the entire weekend dealing with computer issues. My computer was so infected by viruses that it would hardly start up, and everything I tried only made it worse. Thank heavens all my stuff was backed up, so I mostly kept my sanity. But it was still ridiculously frustrating, and there didn't seem to be any option that didn't involve spending lots of money. I decided to do a factory reset but it took me a few days to figure out how to do it without a backup DVD. Anyway. I am writing to you now from a clean and functioning computer.

Another thing. I feel at the beginning stages of not one, but many big projects. I'm trying to get serious brainstorming the next novel, and also a screenplay, which are the big things. But I also have these swirling ideas for YouTube videos and picture books and short stories and novellas and poems and just all these thing. I actually don't get that way very often, so its kind of weird.

I feel like my brain is on the static station. Like I'm trying to grasp at these ideas but they are fuzzy and buzzing around so I can't get a good glimpse. I think the frustration with computer issues and over-stimulation from half-baked ideas is at the root of the problem, and I'm trying to fix it.

I need to just sit down and make myself focus on one idea at a time. This is harder at the moment than it should be, but when I try and focus on one project I just keep thinking, oh, but this other thing is important too. Then nothing much gets done. This needs to change.

So. This is your friendly reminder to back-up all your stuff, and frequently, and a reminder to me that it is okay to focus on one project, and get it going, before I move on to the next. And that is what I'm going to do.

Keep writing!

Sarah Allen
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  1. Just jot all of those ideas down for now.
    And hope no poltergeists are coming out of that static...

  2. Brain on the static station - what a perfect description! That's exactly how I've felt for the past few weeks now. Finally feel like I'm getting out of it.

    So sorry about your virus issues but glad you had everything backed up.

  3. In between projects, I always develop several stories at the same time. You will soon find out which one you should focus all your attention on. By the way, really loving your latest blog posts. You sure are on a roll :)

  4. Have you tried listening to classical music? It's supposed to improve your focus. All I know is, the kids get through their school day better when started with classical music.

  5. I back up on an external hard drive and online, can't be too careful.

    Moody Writing

  6. Good luck to you and your endeavours! I enjoy writing and can sometimes be distracted by other projects!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  7. I tend to have 10,000 ideas at once and have a hard time deciding which one I want to work on NOW.

    I usually just write them down, pick the one that's yelling the loudest, and file the others away. The upside is that you'll have plenty of material in the years to come :)

    Writing Through College

  8. Make yourself a list of all those projects, the time commitment involved for each, which ones you could work on simultaneously and which ones would interfere with each other.

    And make a plan of attack!

  9. Don't you love when you get all those ideas! Just make sure you write them down. Seriously. I can't even tell you how many ideas I've lost because I didn't write them down. And speaking of losing things, I should probably go back up my current WIP. Have fun focusing! :)

  10. I back up to an external hard drive and also send important stuff to my son (different house, just in case).

    I like using a digital voice recorder to capture buzzing ideas. Mine tend to come to me when I'm driving so writing them down is hard.


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