I’m sure you have heard of the expression “have ants in your pants” before. Well, I fit that description – I have ants in my pants.
Almost everyday something around me triggers the creative part of my brain. I immediately write down the idea, and I begin to develop the story in my head. Even if I’m working on other writing projects; I begin to work on the new concept as well. I find it exhilarating to work on as many projects as possible. I cannot see myself submitting my short story – for example – to the editor for polishing; and in the meantime, I’m sitting around waiting for feedback. To me, it’s not productive. It almost feels as if I’m wasting time. Plus, I do not want a good idea to slip through my fingers because I am working on something else.
My husband asked me how is it that I do not get the characters, scenarios, ideas from the various stories confused. I just don’t. As insane as it may sound, I work better under pressure and when working on various projects. I know a couple of writers who work on multiple stories at a time. I guess each writer has their own method of work. As long as the writer has a functional system in place, that’s all that matters.
Just this weekend, I saw something that had me thinking: I hope that happens to me once in my lifetime. I believe it’s a good concept for another short story, and since chances are I will never experience the new concept, why not write about it.
It took me until early this morning to create an outline in my head as to how I believe the short story should play out. I’m thrilled. Whether I decide to publish it later on this year or not; at least I produced something I believe in.
As of right now, I am working on my first short story, my second novel, freelance writing, and two short stories, which includes the one concept from this weekend. I admit; I’m overwhelmed, but I rather be overwhelmed doing what I love as oppose to being overwhelmed doing something I despise.