One of the reasons I like to multi-task projects is the amount of work I actually get done jumping from one to the next. You may think it counter-intuitive, that you’d be better of focusing wholly on one thing, but I find that, invariably, there will come a point where you end up hitting the creative wall on something. When that happens, I find that switching off and onto something else for awhile allows me to recharge and eventually return to the original project with fresh eyes and a fresh head. Usually. Of course the worst case scenario is if you hit a perfect storm of multiple creative impasses. Suddenly, it doesn’t matter which file you open, re-read and reconsider. There’s nowhere to go.
Which, frustratingly, is where I find myself today. Individually, these tasks feel manageable but together they seem insurmountable.
My creative to-do list:
Orchestrate a clever four-person heist that highlights the individual strengths of each character in an entertaining, efficient, and humorous way.
Ground a sci-fi macguffin to a home location.
Rethink and reshape a pilot overview into more of a single character-driven narrative that is captivating, surprising, and studded with humor.
Come up with something clever the aforementioned character does at episode’s end to turn the tables on his unique enemy.
Re-read and track all character and story arcs through nine episodes, then craft a brilliant season finale in which all dovetail in and pay off in satisfactory fashion.
Find an amazing artist for that comic book project.