Stop! Time for a Break from the Creativity Overload

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Writing
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Copyright Amanda R. Dollak 2013

Halt!  Stop the presses…or whatever you want to call the chaos that is always my mind!  I am experiencing creative overload tonight, and my brain is reaching critical velocity and capacity.  If one more idea jumps into my head, I’m afraid my head is going to explode.  Or worse, I might tear a thinking muscle or two, disrupting the chain of inspiration cascading through my mind.

With planning and preparing for the National Novel Writing Month challenge (NaNoWriMo) in full swing, I can’t allow anything to interfere with my inspiration motherload.  I’ve found a sweet spot.  I’m in the zone.  And with two weeks left until the challenge begins, brain don’t fail me now!

Some way–somehow–I MUST find a way to harness this creativity gold mine without putting it into jeopardy.  Not enough control and I’ll self destruct for sure in all my enthusiasm.  Too much control, and my fickle muse will take off running.  It’s going to take some careful thought and planning to make the most of this rare and glorious overflowing of creativity.

I can hardly sleep right now, and when I do the majority of my dreams are about writing.  In addition to my NanoWriMo novel, I have at least 4 novels trying to shove their way through for my attention.  My mind is swimming with poetic verses, rhymes, article ideas, and blog posts.  The short stories that I’ve been working on are screaming for attention.  An idea for a children’s book (illustrations and all) is taking a temper tantrum in the back of my mind.  I think there is even a song in there trying to write itself.

Add all of that to the normal insane hubbub of songs, trivia, TV shows, movies, books I have read (or am reading), craft/art ideas, recipes, memories, emotions, to-do lists, and so on and so on, no wonder it feels like my head can’t hold anymore!

It is time for me to step back, take a DEEP breath, and try to organize at least some of the chaos before I try to do any serious work again.  Some more sleep is in order as well.  I need a fresh mind, a fresh start, and a fresh approach.  Only then will I be able to properly utilize this precious gift of intense creativity and inspiration before it vanishes as quickly and as mysteriously as it appeared!

  1. HAW! says:

    I can totally relate. It’s a tad rigid, but I’ve recently started setting a timer, or stopwatch countdown while I work in order to schedule necessary hang out times. Walking, stretching, listening to music…but definitely ‘holiday’ time to back away completely is essential! Good luck.

  2. Well the expression’ creative overload’ made me smile

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