Its Wednesday again, and I am dragging!
I am still working on my project but I have hit that point in the middle of a project (although this is not the middle) where I begin to lose focus. I am suffering from Shiny New Idea Syndrome, where the specters of all the great stories I COULD be writing begin to distract me from the ones I am SUPPOSED to be writing.
How do I deal with this?
Everybody uses Evernote differently but for me its a holding pen for great ideas. I have notebooks set up to hold my ideas for new stories, new characters, new settings, and clever bits of writing that have yet to find a home. This is the nursery where the seedlings of ideas that may one day become writing projects (hello Camp NaNo) are nurtured and stored.
If a shiny new idea catches my attention I open up a note in Evernote and jot it down right away. Once its safely out of my head an in the cloud (Lord, what did we ever do before the cloud) I can get back to what I am supposed to be writing without worrying that this great idea will disappear into the ether from whence it came.
There are lots of people who have a similar, analog, method. They keep a notepad handy and whenever an idea strikes them, they write it down. This method doesn’t work well for me. I usually end up with a mess of sticky notes or a drawer full of pocket-sized notebooks full of indiscriminate scribblings, too unorganized to be useful. Doing it this way helps me to be able to see what I have and begin to craft a story out of it.
Is every idea a jewel? Hell, no! But at least I have it.
As always, be sure to follow along on Wattpad and read along as I write the rough draft for Sameer Ali Dies Alone.
Current word count: 15192