One of the things people forget to ask a writer, and we forget to ask ourselves, is how we prefer to work. Do we like to concentrate on a single project or move between projects?
I always thought of myself as a single project kind of writer. I focus and that’s it. Until self-publishing…
Man, has self-publishing taught me a lot, and not just about writing. It’s taught me to embrace my inner control freak and to stretch my abilities, believing that they can stretch. And much to my shock, it’s shown me that I am a multi-project writer.
The trick for me is that I can’t write first drafts of two different stories at the same time. During the first draft I have to concentrate on developing a single world, cast of characters and evolving the plot. I can’t hold two amorphous first drafts in my head at once.
However, I can write a first draft, sketch the outline/skeleton of another story, revise and/or do edits on a third, promote the heck out of published works, and then, collapse in a heap, wailing for coffee and chocolate.
At the moment I’m at peak chaos — I hope it doesn’t get worse!
“Fall Into His Kiss“, my latest Texas Kisses romance, has just released and will be free this weekend, 14-16 August. Cue much promo.
“Djinn Justice” is crackling on its scribbled pages, waiting to unleash a first draft onto the computer screen. Research for it is almost complete. Side note: The Mountains of the Moon are fascinating!
And just to make things interesting, my critique partner has exhibited super-human powers and already returned “The Secret Project” to me with a ton of suggestions. I have significant revisions ahead of me.
Let’s not even talk about the other projects spinning in the back of my mind!
So, what I’ve learned is that it’s possible to juggle multiple projects, but I have to be absolutely focussed on each one while I’m tackling it. No moving between them! Get so much done and then check the to-do list for the next item to tick off.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, I revamped this website, yesterday. The arrangement of my books is a lot tidier, now. It needed doing, but ouch! squinty eyes at the computer screen.
Are you a single or multi project writer?