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    Too many ideas.

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by MRD, Jul 6, 2011.

    Alrighty then, here’s my problem, I have too many ideas to turn into stories and have found myself unable to choose which one to go with. Plain, simple and bloody annoying.

    There are over a dozen (quite literally) ideas in my head. Some exist as basic stories and vague ideas in my mind, while others have been planned and plotted out in-depth. They range from Fantasy to Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi to plain old General Fiction. From first-person short stories, to third-person trilogies.

    The question is, how in the hell do I decide which to write first?

    Every time I’ve finally made up my mind and decided one to write, it’s lasts for a few days, and then my mind wonders to another idea and I find myself un-making my decision and going back to square one. Today alone, I’ve added new aspects to no less than four of these ideas and yet not written a word (to the actual stories, I’ve added things to my notes on each, but no real work done).

    Do I try to juggle these stories and ideas, writing whatever takes my fancy at that moment? Do I choose one and (for now) forget about the others? Do I hit my head with a hammer until all but one of these pesky ideas (and my middle name) leave my brain?

    Anyone have any advice or opinions on my problem? Or a spare hammer?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I think, you have to just write when the inspiration comes about one of your ideas. You might be surprised how much this encourages you to continue writing about that same idea, as the more you get done, the more you get involved in your own work.

    However, it does take discipline, and a lot of it. Never try to do any more than one piece of work at once, unless one is light and only used as a sort of pass-the-time project from the main piece you're working on.

    It is difficult, I know myself! Persevere with whatever comes up next in terms of inspiration though!
     
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    Write them all down into a notebook. Just a few ideas and a few lines for each one. If one really takes over and you end up with pages of notes, then that's the one to start with.
     
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    My suggestion is that you keep writing regularly. And if you switch topics every few days, that's okay. Many prolific and professional fiction writers find themselves juggling multiple projects at a time, or starting work on one idea only to put it aside while they work on other/s.

    Having too many ideas is not a problem.
     
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    I like SteamWolf's idea, but I would approach it a bit differently. I'd make a few notes on each idea. Then I'd look them over and, for each story idea, try to think of a main character. I might even make some notes on each one. Whichever one seemed to be the most engaging character, that's the story idea I'd go with. And the beauty of writing all the ideas down is that they'd stil be there when you needed them.
     
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    This is exactly what I do as well. Write every idea down, and the one that catches you the most is your story.
     
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    I already have all the notes I need. I have the characters. I have the stories, planned from beginning to end (and beyond). I have everything I need to start writing except the decision on which one to write first.
     
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    Then, at the risk of sounding rude, perhaps you should park all of them for a while and see which one stirrs up your subconscience the most (or start another idea lol).
     
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    Burn all your notes. Whichever idea you end up missing and wishing you hadn't burned, rewrite and use.

    Or... maybe not.
     
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    Cut slips of paper, write the name of an idea on each one, fold the papers, put them all in a container, draw one out, then write it. When you finish it, draw another one. Repeat until you run out of ideas. :)
     
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    ^Dude, that's like creative writing suicide. Someone would be insane to do that...

    Are you sure there isn't one story you favor the most?? Look at your characters, your plotlines, and such. Which one has the most fleshed out details?? I'd go for that story in an instant.

    SpringGem's idea is good too. Just go for the the luck of the draw perhaps??
     
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    What you call creative writing suicide I call the circle of life.

    NAAAAAAAAAANNNTS INGONYAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
     
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    ^???? lol
     
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    Yes, I googled the lyrics to the song. The actual lyrics. You are all welcome for the knowledge you have just gained.

    But seriously, read over your set of ideas you're having trouble choosing from, and go park your phanny in the shower. Showers tend to promote sensory deprivation, and that's usually why you feel more creative and can think better while you're there. Perhaps it'll clean up the mess you've found yourself in.
     
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    Yeah at least I burn all my stuff after I've finished it. Burning it beforehand isn't what Art is about!
     
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    Please, if some guy with the IQ of 80 can make a picture of a soup can and call it art, I can burn writing notes and call it art.
     
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    ^hahhahhhhaaa!

    Yeah, I'd like to burn some of my old crap, but I just fear that I'll lose some of my scraps of creative genius...if there are any in fact stuffed away in my over-filled expandable folder....
     
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    I'm wearing a monocle. Your argument is invalid.

    :p
     
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    I never get rid of my notes. Or if I do, I re-read them and salvage what I can.
     
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    Yeh what other people said, write them all down, even if its just a small idea. At a later point you may flip back to it and find a use for it.
     
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    Darg, internet glitched out and posted twice. M'bad. :p
     
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    Well since you say you have all the notes you need, just go with the idea you think you'll be able to write easier. The sooner you can finish your idea, the better, as it'll allow you to move onto other ideas that way.
     
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    Sorry, can't help you there. Some things, you just have to do on your own.
     
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    It seems like the "names in a hat" plan would be best for me (although, since I have no hats for some reason, I'll have to go with "names in a shoe").

    With any luck, I wont be too distracted by any other ideas that pop into my head once I start writing.

    Thanks for all the advice guys 'n' gals, it's much appreciated.

    Now, I've gots myself a shoe to shake...
     
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    whats the purpose of the novel?
    just to prove you can write one?
    for your own enjoyment?
    for your friends and family?
    or do you want to get published?

    If your goal is to get published then drawing names out of a shoe might be a mistake.
    If you want to get published i would suggest writing the most topical story that appeals to the most people.
    unless your write really good sci fi and your planning on writing for that more specific market.

    I am just suggesting if your goal is to be published maybe you should the story that the most people would like to read, rather than the one you would like to write the most.
    I
     

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