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Is there such a thing as a reverse writer’s block? Is there a term for that? I feel like there should be.
This was my crisis this past month. I had too many ideas jockeying for my attention. Granted, my ideas all had some things in common. Space. Spaceships. Space battles. Strong female protagonists, specifically strong female protagonists in space.
But I couldn’t focus on just one idea. Basically, it felt like this:
I can almost pinpoint the moment when things officially got out of hand. On Friday, February 19th, at approximately 2 p.m., I threw down my pen in frustration and took the rest of the day off.
The next morning, after a generously large and delicious breakfast, I grabbed a notepad and started writing descriptions/plot summaries for all the projects I wanted to work on, starting with Tomorrow News Network (represented by the blonde woman above) and my blog (represented by the planet Venus wearing lipstick).
I ended up with seven projects (including my blog). Seven! It would have been eight, but one story idea turned out to be less interesting than I expected once it was on paper. Also, one of these projects is actually part of my personal diary, so it’s really six. Still, six projects seems like way too many. I need to pick and choose.
Or do I? When I had ideas coming at me from all directions, it was overwhelming. But now, all these ideas are organized. They’re manageable. I think—I don’t know, maybe this is crazy talk—but I think I can do this. And ever since the February 19th reverse writer’s block catastrophe, my confidence has only grown stronger.
So are six (or seven) writing projects too many? How many projects are you working on, and how do you keep multiple projects separate and organized?