This is really interesting because here, a person doesn't have enough ideas, they have way too many.
They start on one, go to another, and another, nothing gets ever finished and all those unfinished projects pile up and cause a logjam - and nothing moves at all any longer.
Not knowing that this is so, writers will DESPERATELY try to get MORE AND MORE ideas, thinking they've run out, and that makes the logjam ever worse until not a trickle gets through the dam any longer and we really have now absolute writer's block.
The solution for this is to take any one of THE OLD PROJECTS at the base of the logjam and to FINISH IT.
Obviously, I'm writing here, so you might be thinking "what's the big deal?"
The big deal is that I should be writing something on the other blog - the one I do as part of my job.
But I have a problem. Last week included disrupted sleep patterns and time off so I could catch up with housework left undone while returning from the trip to Connecticut. Monday involved more disrupted sleep and then a sick day yesterday.
In the course of a week, at least four big things have come up related to my NDY work. I am full of ideas about how to write about each and every one of them. They are all important. And they are all currently tangled up in my head as I try to sort them out and figure out where to even start. And, of course, if I don't write anything today, my dilemma will be even worse tomorrow.
It suddenly occurred to me that one way to get something accomplished was to write about the current struggle here on this blog. That way, at least I'm writing again and not just obsessing about what I'm not writing.
The best case scenario is that this will somehow unstick my mental gears (alert: switching metaphors here) and I can get started on my other tasks.
The worst case scenario is that whatever I write here will be all I write today. But at least that will be better than the alternative.
This is far from the first time I've been in this situation. I know it won't be the last.
If anyone has any ideas for getting through these logjams (alert: back to original metaphor), I'd be open to hearing them.
I still have an hour or two left in the day. Maybe I can do better than just stare at the screen - I know that would make tomorrow easier. --Stephen