See, I am a thinker. I think about every detail in my stories. I can see potential outcomes of particular situations many steps ahead. I can envision multiple outcomes to any situation. And my creative process tends to work in reverse of many people - from the finished product backwards to the first step.
While this is a great way of looking at things most of the time, there is one major hiccup...
I absolutely tend to overthink, overplan, overanticipate. And as I pursue my writerly dreams, that can be a HUGE stumbling block, preventing me from focusing on the moment at hand in favor of the possible outcomes down the road.
While I talked this issue through with one of my friends, I remembered one of my favorite movies - The Last Samurai. In particular, I remembered the too-many-minds scene. I tried to embed it, but suffered an epic fail...so click here to take a look.
Here's the quotes form the scene (taken from Wikiquote)-
Remembering this scene reminded me that at this stage of my revisions I really needed to focus on only one thing - finishing my project. Everything else will take care of itself later.
So, I am marching forward, trying to keep "one mind", one single focus for now. (And yes, my writerly BFFs are still reminding me of this...daily).
How about you? Do you sometimes struggle by getting too far ahead of yourself?