When it comes to creative projects I often suffer from analysis paralysis, with so many options to choose from I end up doing none of them.
My goal is to do one thing for 30 days straight or until it’s completed, whichever comes first. By removing the need to choose I hope I’m removing the procrastination, stress, and frustration I’ve been feeling.
- Writing: Power Lines – My comic book idea only has 1 issue fully written with another 5 outlined. The goal is 12 issues total. I keep setting aside this project because even though I have a loose structure mapped I’m still hesitant on the direction to take it in.
- Reading: I have a very juicy manuscript for Thersa Matsuura’s first novel. You may know her from such gems as A Robe of Feathers, her collection of Japanese folk-lore influenced short stories. I’m honored to be one of her Beta Readers and I need to (lovingly) tear into her book with a blood red pen.
- Movies: Goes without saying that I still need to feed the beast. Business as usual in this department, but with a minor twist. I’m going to start taking notes about every movie using the framework I learned in Save the Cat. It may be about theme or structure or characters, but every film I watch will get at least one scribble.
Focus has always been an issue and my fingers are crossed that this exercise will move me in the right direction.
Anyone else trying to buck the habits of modern living? Let us know in the comments or shoot me a tweet @gabrielnovo. If you enjoy these articles then feel free to have them delivered directly to your inbox or share them with a friend using the buttons below.