Hi Helen -
However, once I've started to make a piece, an idea will come into
my head for the next piece and I find that my enthusiasm for the
piece in hand dwindles to the point where sometimes, I really can't
be bothered to finish it!
This is exactly my besetting sin - starting something and having to
find ways to motivate me to actually finish the piece, when my
brain’s running ahead of itself with new ideas. After all the ideas
are the fun part, the actual nitty gritty of getting it done it the
horse-work, and after the initial surge, all the fun goes out of it.
I think it’s normal to want to be getting on with the next piece -
after all, the next piece, like the grass being greener etc, is
always that much more alluring or attractive, until you get to the
drudgery of that piece too!
I find the best way for me is simply to set myself a target of
completing x number of items in a week/month, while allowing myself
to get started on new pieces or start designing them and gathering
the “ingredients”, testing things out, etc as long as I keep to my
target. That way I’ve always got something to enthuse about when the
hard work bit gets me down. I think it’s the two sides of the brain -
the part that comes up with the ideas, wants to play with colour and
texture, and be constantly stimulated (like a child!) - but doesn’t
like the hard graft bit, and gets depressed and defeated when it’s
expected has to carry through.
Committing myself to finishing x number of items per week or
whatever allows me to skive off some days and just play with ideas
for new pieces - I just have to be disciplined enough the next day,
which comes more easily if my creative brain’s had its “playtime”.
Of course, that’s the idea - I often fall by the wayside, but it
works for me, by and large!