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Plan a Strategy to Finish Your Creative Project by Claudia Anderson


A powerful word. A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. Sounds so easy. Set a major or overall aim. Write out a plan. Follow the plan. Achieve the major or overall aim.

Why is it we start out with such good intentions on getting to that “plan” yet find we are wandering down the Yellow Brick Road?

I know a number of you out there are creative souls. You write, you paint, you go to art fairs and gardening seminars and are speakers at conferences. You know what you want to do, make a plan, and carry that plan out. That is what makes your creative efforts so promising.

But what happens if every time you turn around another light bulb goes off with another creative thing you want to do? I find that the more creative I get, the more creative I want to become. The more writing ideas I get, the more stories and poems and novels I want to write. The more unique artists I come across, the more I want to get the artists out there so others can enjoy them too.

There are only so many hours in the day. Most of us have full-time jobs, full-time school, full-time everything. Our weekends are jammed with family or classes or household responsibilities. So what good are all these other ideas when we don’t have time for the ones we currently have?

I had an idea for a new novel. Exciting, challenging. A lot of research, a lot of medical trails. I used a prologue from a different story I started a few years ago (and never finished), and adapted it to my New Novel.

That’s the last I’ve worked on it.

I have so many other projects that fit into my time schedule that writing Gone With The Wind Book 4 just isn’t in the picture. And that’s just the fact, Jack.

You all have projects in different stages. Some are realities, like actually finishing a novel, or entering a writing contest, or finishing the painting or sketch you’ve worked so hard on. But time isn’t the same across the universe. Where you have time to do an art piece with mosaics, you don’t have time to write a blog. What started as a three-section painting now may have to be reconditioned as a one-piece masterpiece.

We just can’t do everything we set out to do. And the sooner we “get” that, the easier our strategy becomes. We have to finish what we start, or at least make a concerted effort to finish. Other ideas are what notebooks are for. And there is no problem with filling them up with future ideas and creations. If you find you have lost your way on your current project, that’s okay. Don’t throw it away – just put it aside. Go follow your next project with wild abandon. But make sure you finish that project. Don’t leave a path full of empty starts behind you. Never finishing is demoralizing and counter-productive.

Many of the creative people I know schedule their creativity on a daily basis. After work, before dinner, an hour before they have to go to work. Saturday mornings. Sunday evenings. The when doesn’t matter – as long as you get it done. It doesn’t have to be done in a studio or library or out on the deck with a glass of wine. You can write in front of the TV on a laptop. You can paint in the garage. You can quilt in the second bedroom. You can needle point on the bus.

The point is, don’t give up. Let the creative ideas flow. Write them all down. Doodle, draw, research. Keep a whole library in your pocket.

But finish what you’ve started. Then start something new. Plan your days. Your hours. Your stages. Have a strategy in place.

Your Art will thank you for it.

Every day is a magical day when you create something. Stop by Humoring the Goddess blog http://www.humoringthegoddess.com or enjoy unique art at the Sunday Evening Art Gallery http://www.sundayeveningartgallery.com and get your creative flow going!



About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co. She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

One comment on “Plan a Strategy to Finish Your Creative Project by Claudia Anderson

  1. Trinity
    October 12, 2016

    I agree, to a certain extent: It takes discipline (that includes scheduling time to write, edit, research, market, do graphics, etc.) and tenacity to see a project through to completion. But I have several “PHDs” – Projects Half Done! I also have 4 published novels, and am working on my 5th; but sometimes my brain needs a break… needs to switch gears for a while, so that I can go back into the editing process of my main project with a fresher perspective. Sometimes I’ll work on one of the other manuscripts that’s sitting on the back burner, just to shake things up, always knowing that I’ll go back and get this novel finished.
    Sometimes an idea will strike me, and I can’t NOT jot it down! A few weeks ago I saw a word, and immediately a storyline starting running through my head; I took the time to write it down – it ended up being about 4,000 words of a start (!), and it’s now in my lineup of PHDs… First thing’s always first, but creativity will flow where it goes, sometimes.

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