One of my ongoing struggles is deciding which projects I want to work on at any given time.
Now, my “do all the things!” approach is meant to combat this to some extent. I don’t worry as much about neglecting some interests in the pursuit of others. But, as I’ve observed more than once, we still have to make choices.
This probably manifests itself the most in my writing. “Where do I get ideas?”…is not a concern of mine. I have many dozens of ideas. When I look at the blank page, I do not see the yawning of the void. I see all the many, many stories that might spring from the emptiness, all of which are clamoring for my attention.
So I do not wonder where I will come up with my next novel-length project. I wonder how I will pick which project to which to devote my energies.
Because when it comes to writing, you really do have to concentrate. You can’t write a little one of thing and a little of another and so on. There’s no continuity. There’s no build. Energy when I’m writing is cumulative. And starting fresh is really tough. You want, at some point, to feel like you’re walking downhill. And do that, you have to do some work first.
Sometimes I go with my gut instinct–what I think I’m in the best space to write at any given time. The problem is sticking with that instinct day-to-day and maintaining that interest. I daydream a lot when I’m thinking about stories. So it’s occasionally a struggle to daydream about the same story on any given day. Otherwise, I risk undermining my own energy.
But I’m working on it. I’m getting more decisive. Because there’s only one thing worse than picking the wrong project and that’s not writing.
How do you focus?