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09 May 2008 @ 11:55 am
There are bonuses to having a mildly obsessive personality - for instance, when something creative takes hold, often you have to write it/make it/talk about it incessantly, to the irritation of friends and family alike. You get things done, because that obsessive portion of you won't let go until it is done.

At the same time, it can be really hard to switch mental gears from one creative obsession to another. In my case, I switch back and forth between jewelry and writing on a daily - sometimes hourly - basis. And there are definite times when my obsessive brain digs in and fights it tooth and nail - it was having a grand time playing over here, thank-you-very-much, and does not want to go play somewhere else. Of course, once I force the issue and dive in over there, it settles down happily enough. It's just getting there.

And then there's the 'distraction' factor. Hi, my name is Rhien, and I have a strong inner magpie.

I don't mean just with shiny, sparkly things. For instance, I came online this morning to give my f-list a quick peruse, post, and then get busy writing. Except while perusing my f-list, I discovered mizkit had made some killer shiny Ironman icons. So, that derailed me for about half an hour while I perused, d/led, uploaded to my userpics, waffled about which old userpics to delete, left squee-ful comments, etc. And then I finally got around to posting what I wanted to, except halfway through writing it, I realized some reference pics might be really helpful for people who have no idea what I mean when I say "rutilated quartz". So there went another hour.

I should interject here by saying that on the way in to work this morning, the book was filling my head, and nothing else. Seriously. Whole conversations of dialogue were being worked out and memorized, while wishing I could take my hands off the damn steering wheel long enough to jot them down.

In between there has been actual work stuff. So now, approximately three and a half hours later, I amd getting ready to actually write that dialogue, and my creative brain is wailing "Noooooooooo! But...but I was having so much fun thinking about pretty, sparkly gemstones over here."

Too bad. Now you have to think about pirates and war and politics of the heart over here. Come on, settle down, get to work. We have half an hour before lunch.
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Stephstephdub on May 9th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
One quick thought - have you thought about getting a dictaphone? Mind you, maybe they don't have those anymore... so a mini digital recorder? You could keep it in the car for when inspiration strikes.

Anyway, I get what you're saying. I'm more scatterbrained myself... I just flit from thing to thing to thing and suddenly 3 hours have passed and I have no clue what I was supposed to have done in the first place. Mind you I often forget what my thoughts mid sentence... I'm easily distracted.
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 9th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, I should get one of those!
The Proverbial Bull in a China Shop...: gigglesabaceanbabe on May 9th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
You know, it's really reassuring to know you're not alone. :P
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 9th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is! :D