If you’re a writer, you probably know how this applies to writing –
That delightful time when you’ve found a shiny new idea and the character is solid in your mind and the words are flowing, and it’s MAGIC. And you really don’t want to do anything else or work on anything else because, hello, SHINY NEW IDEA!!
My best advice: Ride that wave
I see writers ALL the time get sidetracked by the project they think they “should” be working on. Or the revision they’ve been meaning to do. Or the project they put a deadline on for the end of the month/quarter/season/year. They dangle this shiny, pretty idea in front of them as the reward for doing the writing that’s hard.
But you know what happens 9 times out of 10?
By the time they’re ready to jump back in to the shiny new magic project, that initial honeymoon magic is gone.
Now, I’m not saying that the magic is impossible to get back, I’m saying that re-finding the excitement can be really, really hard.
The things is – If I’m super stoked and vibratey-excited about something, my writing and my story is going to gain the effects of that. I’ll probably accomplish more on that book in one week than I will on the other project in a month.
So, WHY do we turn away from the shiny new idea? Why do we, as people who wanna make stuff up for a living, feel the need to be responsible about our projects? (Deadlines aside…)
For those of you who have a hard time finishing projects, this post is not for you… Go do something else and know that I still love you, even though I’m telling you to go away.
When we turn away from that energy, we’re shutting the door on that awesome bit of creativity that put us behind our computers to write in the first place.
DO NOT IGNORE THIS VERY AWESOME THING.
Now, if I’m on deadline or I do have another project that can’t wait, I STILL allow myself 30-60 minutes a day on the shiny new idea, OR I push off the “must do” for a week. With that honeymoon energy, I can accomplish mountains in a week. The other project is not going to disappear. Trust me. I’ve actually wished for that a time or two, and it’s never worked.
So, there ya go – When the universe gives you energy, take it, run with it, ride the wave.