Anything Goes : What stops you turning your ideas into reality and getting your creative projects done? by Una Love

Una Love

What stops you turning your ideas into reality and getting your creative projects done?

Hey there, I'm currently writing a blog post on this and I thought I'd ask what's your view on what gets in the way of actually seeing the results from your ideas? When have you experienced this, what hacks have you used, did they work for you or not, etc? Also what would be your top question about turning your creative ideas into an actual result? Looking forward to hearing from you, cheers Una

Robert Sprawls

Procrastination. Pure and simple. I have perhaps a little over 50% done, but since I work on a computer and my computer has the games....

Una Love

Hi Robert, would you be so kind as to elaborate please? Do you mean games distract you or are games what you're working on? By the way, if it's the former I've got a hack for you... ;-)

Robert Sprawls

I have steam on my computer and a long list of games. I tend to play them too often when I get a little stuck on a line of dialog.

Ellecina Eck

Hey Una. (Cool blog post idea!) For me, it's two things: Fear of the unknown, and procrastination. The former tends to breed the latter. Might as well throw self-doubt in there, too. I get an idea for a film I think is amazing, and I immediately want to do something with it, to make it a reality, and then that turns into, "Hm. Maybe I'll think this over for a weekend..." and that becomes "I don't really know how I'd pull this off," which turns into "Maybe I'll come back to it" which is also code for "Not happening." The hack that I've discovered works best for me is to simply throw myself into a project, whether I think I'm ready or not. I literally give myself NO TIME to second-guess anything. Since I'm young, just starting out, and I don't have studios or investors or whatever riding my back, I've decided that, if I have an idea that I would like to see on screen, I should do it. In Chaplin (1992), one of my favorite lines is when Sydney Chaplin says to Charlie, "No one wants to see a movie about Adolf f**ing Hitler!" and Charlie yells back, "I do!" That's awesome, to me. To elaborate a bit more on the whole "throwing myself into a project" hack, and to give a specific example: I'm in pre-prod on a new short. I had the idea at the beginning of the year for the script, and sat on it, thinking "that'd be fun." So last month on a Saturday, I sat down and spent all day in front of my computer, forcing myself to write the short script (of course, quantity isn't always quality, so I then spent quite a bit of time editing and all, haha). But I finished it, and at the end of the day, I had a tangible form of my beloved idea. From there, after revising, I put things into motion, so that I couldn't let that reluctant part of my mind tell me not to do it. I put notices out for casting, which immediately obligated me to audition actors. Once I forced myself to commit, I couldn't and can't look back. Auditions are Tuesday, and I'm more nervous than the actors. Which I think is absolutely amazing and exhilarating, because I find that I'm performing better under the pressure, and the nervous-excited feeling I have has heightened my enjoyment of producing this project. Through it, I'm learning to roll with the punches, and grin and bear it. I still have the same self-doubt and fear of the unknown as when I started, but thanks to the "hack," I'm *actually moving forward. I couldn't be more thrilled. Or scared.

Lorraine LoRusso

Hmmm, I think spending too much time thinking a project through. By the time I think about all of the details, I'm overwhelmed and go do laundry. lol I need a personal assistant to do all the distracting things so I can focus on the project. The one question that no one can answer, and stops me in my tracks, is... what if I get all this done, make the film, do the marketing and it's a flop. Could I live with myself?

Shane M Wheeler

Random Opinions on this to follow: I think it's all about the Time-Money-Quality pyramid. I've gotten several shorts and a feature made, based on the strength of script quality, but the it takes a lot of time to make up for the lack of finance. Working with unpaid cast and crew, you can't be too pushy and have to schedule around life a lot more, more organization and planning time eaten up. My current feature is probably about 3 months over in terms of how long it could have taken due to scheduling issues. Of the projects near me (some things I've written, others I just know of) locally that have failed to gain traction or get off of the ground, a lack of organization and planning often plays as much a role as lack of finance. In these cases, I often took a less direct hand in them, as I'm still mired in my current feature and getting it done. Before I started producing and directing what I wrote, I remember there being a moment where I took a class at Motor City Nightmares (horror convention) about making one's own films, and it suddenly dawned on me I didn't need to sit back passively as a writer. I could take the steps and just make a film, good or bad. And bad it was as I was completely inexperienced and unaware of the realities of film making. But it got a foot in the door, got others taking me seriously, lead to my feature, lead to upping my game in terms of film production quality, and showed me what was possible. In a sense, Permission was what I feel as if I'd needed. Someone saying "You can do this for yourself" and no longer waiting to be raised up by the whim of some god-like producer on the off chance of having the perfect script in front of them at the perfect time.

Una Love

Thanks everybody for your input - please keep 'em coming! A few replies... Robert - I've got a tip for you - use a timer to limit your quick gaming break. Also, if you still feel stuck, mentally run through all the elements of storytelling and see which one is it that you're really stuck at. Then go back to the stage before that to unblock the flow. E.g. if you're not sure what a character should do next in the plot, go back and develop the character a bit more... Ellecina - yes, add to that fear of failure and success. Both of those have come up repeatedly with coaching clients and not always before they start a project. Often they'll begin and then not finish, letting all sorts of 'reasons' (excuses) get in the way. Good job on being courageous Ellecina!

Una Love

Lorraine - you're not alone! See my reply to Ellecina above... Sometimes people can just push through the fears, sometimes they need to work on work on their mindset, etc. other times simply breaking things down into manageable chunks makes it more real and doable. That often doesn't come naturally to creative folk who tend to be more head in the clouds big picture than detail oriented. Also, doing this would make it really clear how much does actually need to be done to do all the things you mention! This is why collaboration is so important. Have you ever heard of the term 'fail forward'?

Una Love

Haha Shane, I remember hearing "It's better to seek forgiveness than permission" and getting on with creating your own work is definitely a place that applies! :-) Yes, a lack of planning and organisation can be an issue for unpaid/low paid projects in my experience unless the people involved decide up front that's not acceptable and get the right people in the team...

Shrirang Nargund

really good subject Una! the key words behind turning your idea into actual result/output are MOTIVE-AIM-TORQUE. more the motive, more the chances of getting the project realized. aimless projects, though the idea could be bright cannot get into the actual result. motive could be anything, money, success, appreciation or achieving for some particular reason. basically somehow my creative ideas should be compensated by anyway. if one can't see that then the project stops right there. the torque that pushes me forward should be generated from inside.

Stephen Salzman

Hi Una, I know when I get an idea in my head I write out on paper. Then I see if it can be done. Most of my ideas cost money. Lots of money. I have tried to start businesses without money. I figured if I write a plan someone would give me the money but it doesn't work like that. In recent times, I procrastinated on doing my resume, after I graduated college with my Masters. I got too comfortable in the position I had. Then reality hit. I was laid off and now I am looking for a job in marketing and at the same time trying to get an idea off the ground I have for reality TV.

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