So, I'm off a stint teaching English in China, still living in the country with a plush bank account and looking forward to two months of literally not having to do crap or worry about living expenses - the perfect setup for an artist.
It's been a while since I've been on the horse - I haven't seriously drawn anything since about October due to my erratic schedule and the ridiculous cold (indoors and out) here, but winter's thawing and I've got creative blue-balls: ideas that have come to me in the past months, inspiration from this wild and vivid culture I've been soaking in for nearly a year now, old ideas that I put on hold when I came out here...
But now... I'm not sure where to start. I'm literally overwhelmed with story possibilities. My aim is to start worldbuilding with the intention of deriving some kind of story out of it, but I've got inspiration from everything from Journey to the West to Asimov to little kids urinating on sidewalks all sorta swimming in a huge morass in my brain.
Utterly overwhelming. The paralysis comes from the fear that I'll somehow "pick the wrong seed," or later when I've started with a story and get distracted by another story I want to tell. Or like I'm fishing in a really mucky pond and every time I go for that sweet fish, I get a big hook full of scummy distraction or old, rotten, dead end idea.
Anyone else have experience with this dilemma, and how to wrangle it? How do you just start when you don't have an external assignment (or deadline, for that matter) to grow from?