Does anyone else ever feel like they have so many ideas in their brain they get overwhelmed and just shut down completely?
I don’t think my problem is a fear of writing well, or not completely at least, but I do find myself starting ideas, getting parts of ideas down, but then my head just gets swamped with ideas and I go into a creative overload – almost like writers ADHD. I can never seem to really stick to something for long.
But I used to write all the time. I was the bookworm in highschool, either buried in my books, or developing my writers callus.
These days…I can barely seem to pick up my pen and get the ideas out of my head. I was wondering if anyone has any tips or advice or if they have experienced something similar to this.
I appreciate your advice. Thanks in advance.
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I went through something that may be similar in a class on profitability I’m taking. I have umpteen projects going and Molly Gordon, the instructor, kept quietly suggesting I pick one to work through in the class. I finally heard her and picked two – still not quite following instructions.
The other projects are on a list that keeps growing – it’s where I store my ideas as it were. I told myself I’d work on those two ideas the first two hours of every work day – those are my best hours. I’ve stuck with that pretty much for about 6 weeks now and it’s working well. I actually track how much time I’m spending on each using Toggle.
So my suggestion boils down to pick one or two things to work on and set an amount of time – 30 min., an hour, etc. Or even a whole day. When new ideas pop, write them down quickly and get back on task.
By the way, ADHD is real for many people and many people seem to benefit tremendously from medical/psychological treatment. If that really is the problem my suggestions probably won’t help much.
How do handle multiple ideas?
Write well and often,