Creative Overwhelm

Creative Overwhelm

For the last few weeks I have been in a state of what I can only describe as creative overwhelm. Having a creative project is my get-away from the day to day. It’s my balance to what is otherwise a very technical and academic profession. Having something creative to fill my spare time helps me to relax and work through my stress.

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out what my next project will be and I’ve been lucky enough to be inundated with ideas. And that’s never a bad thing! The problem I’m having is how to pick which idea to pursue and develop. These aren’t the type of projects that could be completed in an afternoon, but some bigger undertakings that would takes months to develop. I don’t know why but I’m scared of picking the wrong one!

I’m in love with all of these ideas and prioritizing them is proving to be a major challenge. So I thought I’d share a little bit of insight into my process and see what tips if any you all would have to add to the list.

  1. Do a brain dump: I have an idea book that I keep with me and when I have inspiration I start writing and filling it up. I’ll jot down ideas as they come to me, flesh them out as best I can, and make a list of questions I have to look into.
  2. Do a little research: Next I’ll look into the ideas to see if anyone else out there has already done it. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel and I don’t want to just rehash what someone else has already put out. If I can’t find a comp, then it makes the short list.
  3. Outline, outline, outline: For those that make the short list, I start outlining what all it would entail. What are the pieces, the chapters, the elements that would have to come together. I’ll do this for each idea.
  4. Trust my intuition: Ultimately, I go with my gut and whatever project feels right. What inspires me, what do I find myself wanting to work on, which one am I daydreaming about.

The problem is my intuition is torn between 3 really amazing projects. I need to make a decision soon. How do you decide which path to follow when inspiration strikes multiple times?

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