Staying Focused While Writing

So, sometimes my thinky thinky parts do a wee bit too much imagining. Having inspiration for your writing is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but it can be hard picking which ideas to work with when so many come popping into your head.

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C’mon, Brain! Get. It. TOGETHER.

This overabundance of story ideas has resulted in me being what I affectionately refer to as “a raging plot slut”. Meaning that it is very difficult for me to commit to one story and stay 100% focused on it. Things will be going fine and then an idea will pop into my head, and suddenly I’m onto that story, and then before I even know it I’m suddenly working on another, and so on. I don’t mean to be a raging plot slut. It just sort of . . . happens. (Apparently I keep tripping and falling into other stories.)

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Now, I know for some writers that this is done with great success. They can juggle multiple projects and continue to make progress on all of them. You writers are to be applauded. I however, have not yet perfected this seemingly mutant-like ability. Maybe one day I will get there, but today is not that day. That said, I’ve actually been doing really well at staying focused and carving out some real progress on a single project since the end of December. Not a long period of time, sure, but it’s a start. Small victories are still victories. 🙂

So as far as 2017 writing goals go, I’m just going to continue trying to work on this one writing project and see how far I can get with it.

What about you guys? Any writing goals for the new year? Are you the type of writer who can juggle multiple projects or do you commit to one and only one until it is finished?

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11 thoughts on “Staying Focused While Writing”

  1. I’m a bit of a juggler too. I used to fight this but there came a point when I realised that I either needed to go with it or stagnate in my creative efforts. I hear you though. It can be so frustrating when all you want to do is focus on one thing at a time. Brainz! They be cray cray! 😛

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  2. One project at a time for me, too, but I have and take a LOT of notes for other ideas. I don’t even know how many I have right now, but when something pops into my head, I pop it into my note app for use later. I have enough stories to keep me going for a very long time. Sometimes I can work on writing something small while I’m editing or I could work on two editing projects, but writing two things at once would be too much hehe.

    I want to finish editing the current work I’m on, edit the short I put aside and (huge) maybe start working on the original story I shunted to the side five or six years ago.

    I can’t wait to hear more about what you’re working on, if you choose to share it 🙂

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  3. Awesome post! For myself, I juggle topics around as well. I’m more of a “Starter” than a “Finisher” lol. That being said I am super proud that I have started re-working a story that I started writing a few years ago and then stopped suddenly. One of my writing goals is to completed this book as now I have an idea for a book series that cannot continue until this book is completed lol. Writer’s block is seldomly my problem, too many ideas as you have stated will be the cause of my downfall lol. Thanks!
    -Luna :p

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