Tuesday I debuted on YA Warehouse and, so far, I am pleased with the responses on my social network platforms. I've seen several RTs on Twitter and some Likes on Facebook. I also gained a few followers on my personal blog here. Thank you to you, my supporters!! You all truly encourage me to continue. And, just so you know, unlike on this blog, I can't see the traffic over at YA, so unless you leave a comment, I won't know you visited.
One visitor left me a bit of her amazing story of how she deferred her dreams in fashion design until just recently. One can tell from her story, she is an incredible soul. And reading her comment really got me thinking, I wonder if I could collect stories like her's from around the world--through social media channels--and create an anthology. Off my mind went, spinning like a child just learning the joys of making yourself dizzy.
Just as the dizzy set in, I remembered motion sickness and stopped mid-spin. See, I read/watched the vlog one of my counterparts, Nova Lovette, posted on YA Warehouse last night. She was discussing "shiny new ideas" and maintaining focus on your current WIP. I started thinking about that, then I thought about Bird by Bird from Anne Lamott:
“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I had to think about Nova's question: What does a writer do with "shiny new ideas"?
How do you manage your writing projects? (um, yeah...cause we all know we're really the ones in control of our projects, right? ;-D ) Do you keep a writer's notebook so you can let the shine glimmer onto the pages, get out of your system as an infantile glow and then wait there maturing until you are ready to guide it? Do you bottle it up and hope like heck that it'll still be there when you're ready? How do writers deal with the onslaught of ideas when they actually do come? How do we become the proverbial ants who stock up our "food" so we have it when the weather turns and there is none to be found elsewhere? And, is this management, or lack thereof, truly the cause of those idea droughts we all fear?
Typically, I have cycled when it comes to my idea management. Mostly, as an adult, I have not taken my ideas seriously and given them the time and respect they deserve. I stuff them in the corners of my abyss and count on those ideas to come running back to me when I need them--to still love me after being carelessly rejected. Less often, I have stopped, honored the thoughts, jotted them down in a safe place and taken the care to let them flow as they intend from my inner creator. Even though I find I am more creative, productive and positive when I'm in the latter cycle, I still don't set myself up to practice getting the ideas out.
Now that I'm taking my writing more seriously, maybe it's time that I honor my thoughts. Let the "shiny new ideas" sparkle in the sun a bit before gently placing them into a safe writer's notebook for another day. Even the controversial rapper, Eminem does this--sort of! No more games or self-detriment. I want to be a writer. I want to publish my heart and soul in ink. It's time to manage my projects...
How do you manage your projects and your "shiny new ideas"?