Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Which one first?

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time, which is good as I am feeling a little insecure. Not in a 'everyone hates everything I've written' or 'I'll never be able to write anything ever again' way.

My problem is more of the 'what to do first?' variety. Usually I find it helpful to have a couple of different projects on the go at once. One longer work, plus a regular stream of short pieces suits me very well.

Unfortunately, I now seem to have three different novels on the go as well as lots of shorter pieces. It isn't working – I spend longer switching between them and reminding myself where I'd got to than I do on writing.

Recognising the problem is half the battle, isn't it? I know I have to pick one novel to concentrate on – but how do I decide which one?


28 comments:

  1. Hi, Patsy! Lucky you! I've never been in this position. If one novel doesn't stand out as your favorite to focus on, I'd tackle the one that is closest to being finished and focus on that. Happy writing in February!

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  2. Hi Patsy - the one that calls you ... and good luck with all your ideas - bringing them to the fore, finishing them and then calling the next! Cheers Hilary

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    1. You're right, Hilary - if I get one done I can do the next so it's not as though I have to decide to abandon the others.

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  3. Whichever one calls to you the hardest - work on that one.

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  4. Which MC do you care about the most? Whose fate can't you wait to discover? I am trying to decide which novel to agent-search for - I have three vastly different ones almost ready to go!

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    1. That's a variation on the theme, Lizy - good look with whichever you go for.

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  5. I've tried working on more than one ms at a time and it made my head spin. Perhaps work on one that really interests you and try to stick with it. After a while if you're not making progress then switch to another, but try to see if you can bury yourself in one at a time. Wishing you luck!!

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  6. Ha, ha - that is exactly the problem I have every now and then, Patsy, and I'm at this moment trying to decide between two quite different projects both of which are started!

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    1. Glad it's not just me, Rosemary! Good luck with your own decision.

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  7. Pick the one that's closest to being finished.

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  8. I give you a lot of credit for being able to work on more than one project at a time. (I can't.) Pick whatever moves you the most or makes you smile!

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    1. Kaking the decision will make me smile, Lexa!

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  9. Is there one that you find yourself daydreaming about? Maybe that's the one. Or you could try meditating and see which one you drift to.

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    1. I've been thinking about all three, Raimey!

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  10. Pick the one you're most passionate about right now. Failing that, pick the one with the most pressing deadline. (Such as a sequel to a book you've published first.) If none have deadlines and you're equally passionate about them all, go to Random.org and make it pick for you.

    You'll notice I'm frequently in a similar situation. Although, I WISH I could get back to it. I miss working on multiple projects, but I just don't have the time and I HAVE to finish this sequel I'm working on.

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    1. That helps a bit - one most certainly doesn't have an urgent deadline, the others sort of do.

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  11. I'm full of admiration, Patsy. I can't multi-task and only ever have one thing on the go. I'd have to concentrate on the novel you feel most passionate about, the one that keeps you awake at night, the one where the characters are there with you. Good luck!

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    1. I'm starting to think multi tasking isn't a good thing, Jan - at least not when it comes to bigger projects.

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    1. Not strictly speaking, but that's a good way of looking at it and does help. Thanks.

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  13. Maybe write a little on each and see which one makes you want to keep going right now?
    Happy IWSG Belated Day!
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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Thanks so much for commenting!