The Opposite of Writers’ Block, What a Problem

Writers, read on at your own discretion. You may find the following content upsetting, infuriating and totally insensitive. You may feel like throwing bricks at me across the world. You may become so envious you vow never to read my writing again. I’m sorry, I have a problem and I need to share it with you.

I’m experiencing the opposite of writers block. Too many ideas are rushing at me, too many projects demanding my time. Why can’t ideas pace themselves, take their turn in line, rather than fighting for my attention?

My long term book project graciously agreed to go on hold for a week or two as I experiment with a short story competition entry, for which the deadline looms. I’m like the turtle getting closer to the finish line, word by word.

A 2000 word essay for my online writing course needed a possible topic to emerge. Of course, now I’m swamped with ideas, taunting, calling to be written now. So much for the competition entry, I now have two projects on hold and an essay I want to write.

Next writing challenge, another deadline, a picture book workshop I’m attending next weekend. I do have stories to take, but …… they were written some time ago and my writing has changed. Which of the three possibilities shall I work on?

With all these ideas calling out to be written, you may wonder what my problem is? Let me tell you, time and my lack of ability to focus on one thing at a time. I want to write them all – now! This is quite bewildering. What happened to my old friend, writers block, allowing me time to write but with any possible ideas hiding under a rock.

I know, you’ll tell me I need to be strong, get focused, choose one idea and run with it. I’m exposing myself as a scatterbrain without self-discipline. You’re right. I need to set priorities. The first priority is the short story competition. I hope the other ideas don’t mind and will wait patiently for me.

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3 thoughts on “The Opposite of Writers’ Block, What a Problem

  1. my ‘imp’ is known to my friends as ‘subbie’ short for subconscious. He organises plots and ideas, and nudges me to start writing whatever is next in line – now! Last 20 months have been most energetic. Three books out, (USA-2, Oz-1) another sold to appear shortly, (USA) 14 stories published, three poems, 17 articles – all over the place – and one and a half new books written thus far. Thanks to subbie while I’m bombarded with ideas from every direction, there’s a list so I know what to start next – which reminds me, I’ve been invited to submit to a USA anthology, must go write a zombie story for that…oh, and that also reminds me, how’s the competition judging going, looking forward hopefully to results as I entered 3 stories for that?

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