This week's Answer:
I'm glad you "reached out" for some
support. I guess it all depends on what kind of
treatments you're referring to. If they're
electroshock therapy, I'd do those last. But, if
they're treatments for screenplays, that's another thing
all together. I know having many stories on your
mind or written down (or at least electronically typed and
saved on a hard drive or disc that may one day be
printed), can appear to be somewhat overwhelming,
especially if you can't seem to find the time to work on
them or complete them or, better yet, turn them into
screenplays. Throw in deadlines from producers and
you can come up with quite a pressure cooker (or
"cooking pressure," depending on who's cooking
and who's doing the pressuring). So, how do you
handle all of that? It can even seem that, the more
you allow your imagination to run, more and more stories
come crowding in, making you fear that some of the gems of
your previous stories will somehow leak out your ears or
through the tiny pores of your skull (do skulls have
pores? Hey, that gives me another idea (among my
many) for another horror flick:
I really should stop
thinking of all these ideas for horror screenplays.
Wait, even better:
Skull With Pores!!
There I go again.
See, Oliver? You're not the only one with TMSS (Too
Many Stories Syndrome). It affects many
writers. I believe it's an epidemic. Haven't
you ever been to one of those writers' conventions and
seen thousands of them hysterically running from booth to
booth, from producer to producer? Have you Looked
closely at the expression on most of their faces?
You're looking at TMSS. Or, they may have another,
related, disease that you don't want to confuse with TMSS.
They could have, and God help them if they do... TMUSS.
Too Many Unsold Screenplays Syndrome. Usually, you
need a therapist for that one.
Or a good agent.