Oh when the thoughts come flooding in...
I was mulling ideas around last night and this morning, trying to come up with a suitable subject to blog on today. Notice I said suitable. Many, many ideas popped into my head, so we'll just go with that. Hopefully my drift will become clearer in a moment.
You see, when I'm writing -- which is all the time in a round about way -- I need a lot of down time. Hours, days, weeks even to process, digest and defragment. During this seemingly unproductive phase, ideas regularly come marching in. Which is a good thing. And a bad. Stay tuned for more details on that.
When I start to stress about this "non-writing" time, I try to remember Stephen King's wisdom on the subject which he shares in that favored book of mine he authored, "On Writing". Once Mr. King was staring out the window and his wife asked him what he was doing. His reply? "I'm writing."
If a successful, commercial writer like King daydreams without guilt, then why shouldn't we?
This week, at least so far -- there's still today and this weekend -- I have not revised or written one word of fiction. Why? I've been busy with one thing or another, you know, same old tired excuse. But I've been bombarded with thoughts, ideas, snippets of dialog and plot and backstory. And most of it isn't even on the work I'm supposedly working on. But that's good. I think. Yeah, I'm almost certain it's good, because it's moving me forward, at least mentally, to tackle the next project when this one is finished.
The only bad part is so many thoughts stomping through my brain tend to static the signal the beings from another planet are trying to send me. Ha! Kidding aside, I try to give the fresh new ideas room to stretch their long, alien legs and grow, yet still stay focused and moving along on the project at hand. This is not always an easy task, which brings me to the day's question portion:
How do you keep focused on your current project? Or do you skip around and work on several at one time? If so, do you experience guilt over it? How do you lasso that guilt and make it work for you?
Several times Alice has commented that we prepubbeds are lucky. We have the luxury of enjoying writing for the sheer joy of writing, without the ensnarement of deadlines. She's got a point there. I say let's listen to Alice and Stephen King and enjoy the journey down the road to publication. Without guilt. And with as little stress as possible.