At any given point in time, I’ve got at least a dozen story ideas running through my head. I so desperately wish I could get everything down on paper, but it is only a dream.
Once I get rolling on a project, I go for it with everything I’ve got. The problem is that I usually “roll” with several projects all at one time. I’ve always taken heed to the saying that you should do one thing and do it well. I just believe I can just as easily do twelve things and do them all well.
So I end up with a balancing act: family, work, writing, researching, editing, blogging…sometimes eating and sleeping. All this as gone relatively well so far, for the first 23 years of my life. Now, I’m going to work toward establishing a better routine to manage all my irons in the fire.
“Routine is the housekeeper of inspiration.”
– Carlos Ruiz Zafron writes in the “Angel’s Game” – a fascinating read, by the way. But his insights into writing as a narrator and author helped put some of my problems into perspective. I need to better maintain a routine to continue to work on all my writings and other obligations.
I write this as both a goal and realization and pledge to create a concrete plan – blogging twice a week, writing for an hour every day, spending less times with distractions such as Facebook, etc.
I think this will help bring me back to what I love most: the writing. This way, I can juggle all dozen projects and do them well.
Leave a comment and tell me how you approach your writing – do you focus just on one? Do you journal other ideas? Do you write consistently? I’d love to hear from you!