I suffer from Too Many Ideas Syndrome.
This syndrome may sound great and a few of you might be raising a ‘seriously? – I can’t believe you are moaning about this’ eyebrow at me.
In my case it is stressful, exhausting and causes me a serious amount of writer frustration.
There are not enough hours in the day to deal with the zillion story ideas that my mind fires at me.
I have folders and folders of unfinished stories which is a symptom of Too Many Ideas Syndrome. You see my brain gets bored easily and loves to go chase something else when the going gets tough or something loses its sparkle.
A hyper creative mind needs to be controlled as nothing ever gets produced. I have learnt this the hard way.
So after spending hours being insanely jealous of other writers who actually see a project through, yelling at myself ‘please stop bombarding me!’ and being constantly frustrated I have taken the following steps below.
You will all be glad to know that I am starting to see some progress.
- Accept that the majority of the ideas need more thought and are just wisps of stories. It has taken a long time for me to reach this conclusion. They are not fully fledged stories. I have done a few experiments on some and proved to myself that these ideas are paper thin in terms of value. Once I accepted this the ideas were easier to deal with. It didn’t feel like I was missing out on something.
- Write them down. I am using an app on my phone called Evernote which lets you create lists and notes. Every idea when it pings through is recorded on here. Initially when I started out trying to control my mind I wrote everything down on bits of paper…you should have seen my handbag…looked like small furry creatures were building some sort of nest inside it!
- Let them go. Once the ideas are recorded I have learnt that you just have to…let them go. This is the hard bit. You have to stop holding onto them and just let them go. Once you are in a position to work with them you can return. Remember you are only saying goodbye to wisps of stories, nothing concrete.
- Focus on one story at a time. This is so hard. If I don’t do this I will never move forward with my writing. I have to pull myself back a lot from chasing after new ideas.
- Repeat this quote to yourself. ‘Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless’ – Mary Kay Ash. It is not about how many ideas you have it is about implementing them.
- Stop talking about all of your ideas, just talk about one. I love to talk and I have zillions of ideas. I am making a conscious effort to just talk about the idea I am working on. Nothing else.
- Meditation. This is my secret weapon and has calmed my imaginative mind down. It is part of my new daily Miracle Morning routine (which I will blog about soon) and I have seen a drastic reduction in idea generation.
I am now a ‘one-story’ woman with a bulging list of ideas on Evernote. Sigh!
If you are a fellow sufferer let me know how you are handling it?
Have a great day!