A writer friend jokes that I likely have four or six projects going at one time. Back in 2017, I did write FIVE different manuscripts! It took me another three years to edit and publish them. Now, in 2022, after creating a production schedule the last few years and then tossing the calendar in the recycle bin, I think I’ve learned a bit about myself as a writer and how life happens regardless of my plans. I used to have the mantra “Write Despite.” I no longer use it.
Somehow, I discovered a little self-love goes a long way. Now, when life happens or I don’t have the energy level needed to create, I don’t give myself grief over not crossing off that daily task. Every artist has a different opinion about creating each day and whether resistance is he result of life or fear or a block or burnout or an alien invasion. I check in with myself and see why writing won’t get done. Sometimes I can do a little, or I start and then things take off. Sometimes the tank is just empty. If it’s procrastination or burnout or a block, I have ways to deal with each of those which includes that new-found self-love.
I currently have 3 projects I’m working on. First, The Bookie. I’ve written almost 7K words. Niggling thoughts come up about having enough action or character traits or diction in dialogue. I just keep writing. Next, My Voice Vol. 2. I’m creating short stories from story starters. They’re fun! Sometimes I can finish one a day, but most are taking a few days to get down. Last, I’m editing the holiday novella, The Hidden Gift. I got it back from my beta reader with not a lot to fix. I have a short list of what I want to change/add. I’ll do that, and it should be published by the time my newsletter goes out next Friday.
Do you work on multiple projects at one time or do you focus on one until it’s finished?