Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Multiple writing projects at the same time? Yea or nay?



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To multitask or not to multitask?  That is the question. 

After some excellent feedback from beta readers, I'm heading into another revision of THE MADMAN'S CROWN this summer.  Is it draft 6?  7?  8?  5?  I have no idea. 

I just know that I really, really, really hope it is the last revision I will do before I'm ready to query.  (More importantly, I suppose, I hope I am able to recognize whether or not that is the case, but hey--let a girl dream...)

So I'll be doing that^ this summer. 

But I feel like I should get working on a new project as well:  drafting/outlining book two.  I have two reasons for wanting to start this: 

1)  If you must pitch something with the suggestion that it be a series, I have heard it's good to have a solid idea of where the next book is going--or even a draft of the next book.  (I should probably do more research on this point.  I'll blog about my findings when I do.) 

2)  Though I'm actually excited to dive into draft 1,877 (oops, am I exaggerating?) of THE MADMAN'S CROWN, part of me is also DYING to forge ahead in the story! 


I'm going to try the dual-project system for a while at least, but I'm not sure how it will work for me.  I know a lot of people multitask in this way, so I guess I shouldn't be too worried. 

Opinions?  Horror stories?  Success stories?  Random anecdotes? 

Happy writing, happy reading, happy blogging!

~Susan

12 comments:

  1. Technically I'm working on three, possibly four writing projects at the moment. I have to work on more than one thing, all in different stages of development. Because when I get sick of editing, I can go write something. When I want to do something not-so-creative, I edit. Also, that way when I finished one completely, the next one is usually in the editing phase right behind it. Works for me!

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    1. Yay! Glad to hear this works well for some people, at least!

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  2. I'm caught between three/four projects at the moment, too. The first is like your Madman's Crown in so far that it's been through tons of revisions, but I've been querying that one since November. And the others came because of waiting times on that (got to keep writing, right?). The next WIP is ready to enter querying stage, the next started to fill time for those edits and the next is already forming in my head.
    I found that its great to have the mind somewhere else for a bit, before heading back into another round of edits on another MS - really helps you to forget what you wrote and look at it in a different light.

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    1. This is good to hear! I'm hoping this will work in a similar way for me.

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  3. I just started my first novel--my practice project, if you will. I can't even THINK of focusing on more than that right now. But if you're already onto your umpteenth round of revisions (go you!) I think it might be a refreshing for you to jump into something new. It might actually give you a clearer perspective on your existing project if you step back for awhile.

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    1. I think you're right--it will be quite refreshing just to be working with a new storyline. I have taken a couple months off from working with MADMAN, however, so I'm ready to get back to it.

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  4. I just listend to author Kevin Anderson talk about this. He said YES YES YES. Do it!!! I think I could write a book, edit something else, and outline another, but that is as multitasking I can get.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Sounds like multitasking is the way to go...

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  5. I have recently finished my first novel and submitted it. So now I am ready to attempt this magical multitasking idea. I have my doubts, but am open to an experiment. I am going to work on book #2 for my trilogy and work on a completely separate project. We'll see how it goes.

    Great post, lady!

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  6. I work on multiple projects at the same time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This time through, I had to stop at the halfway point on one, in order to continue with another I felt deserved more time and attention.

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