Over Thinking – The Destruction of Creativity

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You walk into a pool hall, a bowling alley or a casino for the first time.  All brand new and shiny, you are awed.  You take your first break of the rack, throw the bowling ball down the lane for the first time, or you bet it all on black.

WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!

Wow, this is easy!  You think.. but then you actually do start to think.  And then before you know it, you are scratching on the pool table or sinking the 8 ball prematurely.  Your bowling ball keeps gravitating to the gutter and you’re pretty sure you should leave the casino before you sign your kids over to the roulette wheel dealer.

Every time we over think something, we destroy the creativity and naturalness of what is to be.

Let’s take writing our plot for our story or blog.  We break it down into small pieces in an outline.  We have topics, sub topics, and then we have all the goodies to stuff inside.  I don’t know about you… but when it comes to writing fiction, I have to leave the outline right in front of my face.  I am still working on how to get it so that it is a transparent film over top of my computer screen.  Like back in the day with those projector screens in school.  As if!

Over thinking has been the creation of my demise.  Kind of an oxymoron, but I think you get the gist.   I get a simple idea, and then before I know it, I am adding too much sugar, taking out a lot of salt, and voila!  I have some nasty concoction that was once awesome.

Of course we have to have characters, a plot, a sub lot, and all the other cream that gets stuffed inside.  Easy… one thing at a time.  Outlines help me out because I have a tendency to travel on one road and then I see a little offshoot, and before I know it, I am writing ten pages about the sub plot (which is starting to interfere with the main plot) and.. wait, what was I writing about?  How did this purple Smurf get in here?  Damn my over thinking!

Sometimes we need something along the lines of a purple Smurf.  Maybe your purple Smurf has a dog named Vlad that shoots flames out of his paws.  Who knows.  It is good to have a scratch pad or something to the side (I do this.. it gets the distractions out of my head) to doodle your cockamamie ideas.

You never know…. getting it out of your over active imagination might lead you to something big!  For today, there is only do, or do not.  There is no over thinking.

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Comments

  1. I think when it comes to creativity.
    It is probably best not to overthink, intuition can speak volumes if permitted

  2. Thanks for the idea, Sonia. I have the Book In A Month book.. the orange one? I was writing in it and then I got completely blocked.
    I like the subplot idea… you may have rescued me, Sonia! 🙂
    Take care.. talk soon!

    Darlene

  3. So guilty of the overthinking and getting off-track sometimes. I tend to be a pantser, so outlining can be hard for me. I’ve learned the value of an outline, but I still have to work most of my stories out on the page. I like to write the WIP and the outline as the same time…switching back and forth as needed. When I started my MIP, I was reading Victoria Lynn Schmidt’s Book in a Month. She recommended writing down subplots on a worksheet and writing straight through the MIP without incorperating any of those subplots. When the MIP is done, you can look over all of the subplots you’ve come up with and add in the ones that still fit. That technique has definitely helped to keep me on track.

    • Thanks for the idea, Sonia. I have the Book In A Month book.. the orange one? I was writing in it and then I got completely blocked.
      I like the subplot idea… you may have rescued me, Sonia! 🙂
      Take care.. talk soon!

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