• James Hewlett

Spinning Plates


I've got a lot of plates spinning at the moment, it's really great feeling inspired to do lots of creative things all the time, but it's also a bit of a curse. It happens to me all the time, I either have a bunch of things I want to be doing or nothing is sparking my imagination at all.

At the moment I have no less than three story ideas that would ideally be written for screen, two for books or short stories, at least two separate podcasts and two ongoing short video series that I'd like to produce. It's too much. I have a folder on my desktop with subfolders for each of these, some have nothing in them, just a folder with the name or description of the project so I don't forget it. Others have outlines, some have a bunch of files relevant to that project. It's a good problem to have, because it means that whenever I'm wanting to do something creative the chances are at least one of them will be something I have ideas for at the time and I can work on that. I'm never without something to be working on.

The negative side of that is with too many things going on getting any one of them to a finished point is a challenge.

I'm at a point where I don't know if I should focus in on one thing and make a concerted effort to finish it, or if I should just keep plugging away at all sorts of different things. I'm doing this all for me, it's not like I have deadlines or contracts to adhere to and with the writing side of it at least I'm still just doing it mostly for my own interest. I'd love to get paid for it some day but all of this I see as just good practice and I have no real intention of any of it being published or produced. When I think of it like that I tend to lean towards just keep working on stuff the way I currently am, jumping back and forth between things depending on what ideas pop into my head.

As I said, it's a good problem to have and this is in no way me complaining about it. In all honesty I just needed something to write about today and after a couple of days of review posts I thought I'd end the week with something personal. I'm going to keep outlining this script idea I have now and hopefully play some board games with M&Em this evening. Happy Sunday, y'all. I'll be back tomorrow.

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