The Curse of the Creative Dreamer

I’ve been twiddling my thumbs about what to do with my night for the past hour. The rest of the Cool Fam is in bed, and the night was fairly young. I wasn’t tired and I didn’t have any projects I needed to work on. And then I started bouncing back and forth between projects that I want to complete, which include:

  1. A screenplay that I’m pretty sure would make a fun non-preachy, yet faith-oriented film.
  2. An article I want to submit to some New York publications. It’s niche enough where it might even have a shot at being published.
  3. A comprehensive video for this blog.
  4. A short story idea that’s lingering for years.
  5. The first blog post of 2014, which we’re already six weeks into.

After deliberation, and then getting sidetracked by Reddit, I figured I’d at least get one of these things done before exhaustion catches up with me.

I’m diagnosing as I type, so you’ll have to bear with me. One problem I already see as I scan that list is the investment I need to make into each one. My rough estimates:

  1. Screenplay: 80-100 hours. I’ve written one before, but I had no idea what I was doing. Now I have enough experience to know 5% of what not to do. That said, that estimate may be way off, but I’m positive that it won’t take any less time.
  2. Article: 20 hours. I’ve already interviewed 6 people for this, and I have to go through the recordings to pull out the good bits. And I still need to write the darn thing.
  3. Video: 10-12 hours. This is a very comprehensive video, like sifting through footage of the last 5–6 years.
  4. Short story: 20 hours. Total guess. I haven’t written a short story since high school.
  5. Blog post: I’m hoping this won’t top 30 minutes, maybe 20.

I’m thankful to have ideas, and thankful to have the equipment and software (in the case of video) to bring these ideas to life. But it feels a bit of a burden, too, because these are things I desperately want to bring to to life and I’m a loss for where to begin. I need to prioritize. I need to say ‘no’ to things. And I need to just kick my butt into gear when I actually do choose Priority #1.

I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling burdened by ideas. Who’s with me?

2 notes on “The Curse of the Creative Dreamer

  1. Bob Speakman

    I deal with this every. single. day.

    I am not writing a screenplay, but there are various projects I want to complete that I don’t always get around to because I spend too much time thinking about which one I should work on first.

    It is crippling at times. I appreciate you sharing the struggle though… good luck with everything!

  2. Lee Anne

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time? Sometimes I just need to decide to just get started. :). Good luck!


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