The Perfectionist with a Billion Story Ideas // 4 Survival Tips

The Perfectionist with a Billion Story Ideas

You may or may not know this about me, but I’m a huge perfectionist. I hate it when things aren’t just so. It’s both a blessing and a curse, in a way. I’d say I’m a very good judge of quality, but with my own things…I’m my worst critic.

Which brings me to this post. It is entirely possible that I will have at least a billion story ideas in my lifetime. (No joke, guys. XD ) And I’m just so excited about all of them, and they’re all just begging to be written and I want to just write them ALL. O_O

But…I don’t.

Because I’m also a procrastinator. (Ah, the INFJ, the paradox.)

So far, I’ve written approximately three novels. It took me a while, but I did. But while I was writing them, I was constantly thinking about the other ideas in my head. And I became overwhelmed. How was I ever going to make all of these ideas into books? There isn’t enough time in the day, especially being a procrastinator! I tried to calm myself by telling myself that I could write all of them, if I tried really hard and stuck to it.

But that wasn’t the problem, I realized.

I could maybe write all of them, but would they be perfect, just the way I pictured them in my head? Could my vision be accurately portrayed on paper?

And then I became overwhelmed again.

So, since I feel like this is a huge problem I have, I set out to fix it. And this is what I came up with.

1. You have to be a little…crazy.

I mean…you’re a writer. That’s basically like slapping a huge sticker on your forehead that says ‘I’m a psycho’, am I right? XD Okay, so maybe not that bad. But every genius is always at least a little bit…cuckoo. πŸ˜›

2. Do what you want WHILE you want to do it.

This was a super huge problem that I didn’t realize until too late.

I had laid out all of my ideas, written them in a list, nice and orderly, and showed it to my parents. And I don’t know why, I don’t know how this made sense in my head, but this was my game plan.

“I’m going to write them in this order.”

Yeah…no. That was a big mistake. At the time, I had wanted to write my superhero trilogy, The D. But that’s not what I wrote. I started the Imprint trilogy. (Don’t get me wrong, Imprint totally awesome, it’s my first child, and I will forever love it to pieces.) But it wasn’t what I wanted to write at the time.

And that made things reeeeally hard.

Yeah, so I wouldn’t recommend doing that. Write what you want, when you want. Don’t make a list and think in your head that this is the order I’m writing it in, and I have to do that. That’s stupid and the opposite of what you should do.

3. Accept that your novel(s) will never, ever be perfect.

I’m still trying to accept this. It will never, ever, ever be perfect.

But I want it to be. So, so badly.

I think of it like this: books are like geodes. Geodes may look super clean and polished and maybe evenΒ kinda prettyΒ on the outside. But it’s when you break them, when they become flawed, that they are truly beautiful.

Book are the same way. You can polish your manuscript a million times, but there will always be something you can change. And that’s okay. That’s what readers want. Imperfections are what makes a book unique and enjoyable. Nobody wants a boring, polished book. They want the stuff inside, the stuff that really matters.

Okay, whoa, that totally just got really deep. XD

4. Don’t be afraid to take a break.

This is important to remember as a writer. When things seem super overwhelming and it feels like your just falling behind, can’t keep up, feeling like you’ll never make it, step away.

Read a book. Listen to music. Take a walk. Bake something yummy. Aside from writing, I really love music and playing the piano. So when I’m feeling tense, I step away and just play music for a bit. It could be a few hours, a few days, even a few weeks. I’ve had it where I stopped writing for nearly a year. And it was okay. I came back feeling refreshed and excited at all the prospects ahead of me.

So take a break, fellow perfectionist writer with a billion ideas. You deserve it. πŸ˜‰

So there’s my two cents. Tell me if you struggle with this same thing or if I’m the only one down in the comments below. And always remember: Better billions of ideas rather than none! πŸ˜›

until-next-time-1

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10 thoughts on “The Perfectionist with a Billion Story Ideas // 4 Survival Tips

  1. I totally get this, and I understand it entirely XD good luck with your current plot bunnies, and the stories you’re working on. I have struggled with everything on this list. Perseverance is really important, I think, especially when you realize that it will never just “end”. You’ll be struggling forever. (Wow. I am so depressing.) It’s when you can learn to embrace the struggle that you can really keep going.

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    1. Glad I’m not alone. πŸ™‚ Thank you, and I wish you luck on your writing as well. Yes! Perseverance is SO important! You don’t do it to finish it, exactly…You do it because you love doing it. Remembering why you do it can give also give you courage to keep on with it. Thanks for commenting, Faith! ❀

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  2. Along the lines of #2, don’t be afraid to start writing a different story in the middle of writing another one! I had been lacking enthusiasm for what I had been writing, and when a new idea popped up, I went with it, and by the end of it, I had new vision for the other story. πŸ˜€ Sometimes writer’s ADHD is a good thing.

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    1. Yes!! Good point! I have done that before, and it’s worked really well, being able to jump from story to story, keeping the creative juices flowing. πŸ˜‰ Haha, I like that, writer’s ADHD. πŸ˜€

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  3. Sounds very much like me- although I still have a bit of trouble with those last two points.
    While I seem to be happiest meandering through several stories at a time, I would like to be able to sit and polish one of them enough to be fit for publishing.

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    1. Nice to see a fellow perfectionist. πŸ™‚ Yeah, I don’t have all the points down either. Writing is forever a learning process, right? πŸ˜‰
      Yes, it’s fun to have your finger in a few different projects, but I would love to publish too. And that entails not procrastinating and actually getting stuff done…Not my strongest suite. XD

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  4. Great post! I’m not a perfectionist, but I am an INFJ (or INTJ? The test can’t make up its mind) and tend to procrastinate. Also, I, too, have a billion story ideas, and I worry all the time if they’re going to turn out on paper like they are in my head. I think writing what you want when you want is a valuable tip. My mom wants me to write more stories in the world of my nameless novel that I’ve been working on for years, but, though I have more stories planned out in that world, it’s just not the right time to write them right now (lol, that was a really long, really wordy sentence).

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, procrastination is a big problem for me. At least I’m not the only one with a billion ideas. πŸ˜€ I didn’t realize writing what I want when I want until too late. I was already sucked into the story, (which was great anyway). Yes. There is a right time for these things. It’s just sometimes hard to figure out what that time is. XD

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