I agree with brianpatrich as I also work on many projects at the same time. The only thing I'd add is that if an idea survives more than a day I always stop and write it down. This puts it in a file instead of my mind, confusing me.
I'm a conscious writer so I do a lot of planning for my major projects. If I get an idea for it, and it keeps popping up in my thinking I add it to the plan with a big question mark. And when I get to that part in writing the rough draft, I deal with it then. After many projects I realized that few of them pan out. But a few have enhanced the work.
I have a love/hate relationship with my mind. I know that if I don't stick to the grind the work will never get finished. And when I start redesigning the plan with new ideas, I take a nap, watch a movie, make love, to give my mind something else to think about. Then, with a clearer mind, I go back to the grind and continue on.
Hope that's helpful to you. Keep writing. wrc
Originally Posted by tremor
I'm sure everyone here has that one piece of work that we're tirelessly toiling on- working on day in and day out.
I've been the same. For the last year I've been working on the same body of work, with very little pause and distraction.
Unfortunately, some new ideas have popped into my mind that has stirred my creative mind.
My question is- is it a good thing to stray away from your current body of work to chase a new idea that came to mind, or should the new idea be pushed away to focus on your current work?
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