I’ve been working on a thing recently. And by that I mean mostly thinking about working on a thing and not actually doing it.
But I have recently, through dramatically changing my approach to the project, managed to get the damn thing started. And it’s getting done.
Here was the problem. I pitched a thing several years ago. It included a full outline of what the thing was and a few specifics.
It wasn’t accepted that year, but I re-pitched the exact same thing the next year and it was. So now I had to make a thing that was very specifically mapped out over two years ago and while the concept still excited me the execution of it was done by a guy I now had two years of experience on. I didn’t want to do it his way anymore. But I had to.
Here is how I did it. Maybe this will be useful to you, maker of things.
- Started visually, rather than writing. I spent a good amount of time drawing stuff, characters, props, that kind of thing. I’m pretty shitty at drawing. But it was a new way to go at it. Made my brain work in different ways.
- Worked at it out of order. I’m generally pretty linear in work methodology, even when designing things that are non-linear in nature. I start at the start and work through to the end. This time I started in the middle and worked where I wanted to. I knew things didn’t make sense and made myself ignore it.
- No jokes. Yup. No writing jokes. This is pretty difficult.
- no stage directions. No getting bogged down in detail.
- all supporting characters just numbers. No naming them, no getting involved with them. Just making them be functional.
By applying these parameters to the work I was able to go from doing nothing but worrying about it to currently being about half done and moving forward at a decent pace.
Break old habits.
Get new ideas.
Make your deadline.