Do you ever just mull your ideas over so much that you end up disillusioned? Can you end up overthinking an idea?
I don’t mean in terms of making something overly complex, though that’s also an issue, and I don’t mean in terms of talking yourself out of something. I mean in terms of thinking about something so much, for so long, that you just… get bored?
Here on the Clouds, I run something called Work in Progress Wednesday where I invite all of you to to come and share whatever it is you’re working on; be it a painting, a song, a photograph, or a book…. the latter being my main reason actually starting this. See, WiPW used to be something I did to let you know how MY WiP was going. The thing is it hasn’t been going, my work hasn’t been progressing, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m bored.
The WiP I first wrote to you all about, way back in November last year, was called Remembrance in Blood. It’s a story idea I’ve worked on for a few years now, I wrote the first chapter in 2010 and the rest grew from there. It hasn’t always been my main focus, but last year I decided it should be, and I decided I should stick with something and actually turn a Work in Progress to a Work in Completion (WiC?).
The thing is, I don’t plan as much as I should; I never have. I do however mull ideas over in my mind; a lot. I am almost always considering something what happens in my novel, an event, an exchange between characters, a shocking revelation. Sometimes I mull over what I’ve already thought about once before, twice before, three times before…. Sometimes my brain is stuck on repeat and I replay scene after scene again and again. Then I wonder… is it killing my enthusiasm?
I’m eager for people to read my work, I really am, and when it comes to a short story, a Three Line Tale, or anything of that nature I’ll get it done and up and ready to view. When it comes to my WiP though I find myself stunted, I try to write some of it and feel like I’ve seen it too many times before and, whilst it might be new to all of you, and I might be eager for you to watch it, for me it’s an old rerun I’ve seen far too many times recently.
Perhaps I just need to actually get my ideas written down whilst I’ve got them, before I’ve ran them through my brain for eight years. True, I normally have a new revelation once a month or so, but I would also have a finished first, even second draft by now that I could add it all into.
Perhaps, after all this, after my self assurance that this would be the piece I finally write all the way to the finish line, I need to take a break from it. Perhaps I need to work on a book thats almost like a palette cleanser. Something shorter, sweeter, and fresher. In fact, perhaps that’s what I’ll do for NaNoWriMo this year.
I want to get my WiP out, I want it’s story to be heard, but it’s not the story I’m telling right now. It doesn’t feel fresh to me, and if I’m not enthused I wont do it justice. I’m going to take a break from it, from even thinking about it, and I’m going to tackle something (almost) complete new. Watch this space!