Here are 3 ways in which I successfully manage my writing projects, so not to completely lose my mind - like the poor kid above. Here they are:
So important. So very, VERY important. Having been guilty of this in the past I understand how difficult it is to ignore; your mind wanders as several new concepts spring into your head, you can't possibly imagine just leaving them to float off never to be written down to share with the world...
YOU CAN! LET THEM GO!
If you want to finish the piece of writing you're working on, then you can't have distractions. The way I deal with random ideas is to turn only the 'very best' (that persist in bugging me on a daily basis) into short stories and enter them in competitions. BUT...
ONLY ONE AT A TIME - FOCUS, PEOPLE!
As Stephen King believes, you shouldn't write down ideas. If they're good ones, they'll stick around. I also find it another form of procrastination; writing about writing, rather than actually writing.
Sound familiar? Try NOT writing all of your ideas down. Be disciplined and let them come back to you time and time again before you decide they're worthy of becoming a story. Your time is precious.
Try it - I dare you!
3) SENSE OF HUMOUR
Juggling projects is never easy, especially if you have a full time job too.
So smile & remember - You love this. Honestly.
I hope some of these points make sense and will help you manage your writing projects a little more effectively (with less hair pulling). Please let me know if they help or whether they were a load of nonsense.
Happy to hear both :)