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Creativity Gone Wild

 

If you’re anything like me, you have no shortage of writing ideas.  You’d think that wouldn’t be a problem.

But if you’re like me you’ve probably spent a perfectly good afternoon chasing rabbit-trails of creative thought instead of being productive.

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Runaway creativity can be just as bad as writer’s block.
So what do you do when those artistic voices are clamouring in your head for attention?  I don’t know about you, but I can’t just ignore them.  I’m always afraid they’ll go away.  Here’s what I’ve learned.
Pick your number 1 priority and stick with it.  But have a back burner, too.
Have a system close at hand to “download” your ideas as they interrupt your writing flow.

If a rogue idea has something to do with the current work in progress, then I quickly find the spot it will go and enter it as a point form comment with square brackets [ … ]  That way I can do a search for those brackets later and make sure I’ve fixed them all.  I also make use of reviewer comments to highlight areas I need to work on later.

If the interloper has nothing to do with my current work, then I keep a container with blank index cards that I can jot a quick note on for later.

The key is simplicity.  A back burner isn’t meant to be a fully developed idea.
Hope that helps.  Feel free to share anything that has worked for you.  🙂
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