Sunday, August 6, 2017

What Comes First

I constantly marvel at how authors who have day jobs, or children, manage to get any writing done. I've retired from the 9 to 5 scene, and now that Sis has moved out, I only have my dog depending on me, so it should be a piece of cake for me to get my work done, right?

Wrong!

I'm currently juggling three jobs at the same time–my current WIP, edits for the contemporary, and my ghostwriting job. So which do I tackle first? The one that's bothering me most? The one that's the most pleasant? The one that will pay me? Work on all three simultaneously? 

My method used to be quite simple. When I lay in bed at night, which project is it that I think about? If the project is keeping me from getting to sleep, that's the one that needs taken care of first. But, of course, that's not the case with my current situation. I'm constantly thinking about each of the projects, but from different perspectives. So the best approach for me right now is to work on them all at the same time. Since they are totally different in terms of era, genre and tone, I won't be mixing story lines, so I should be okay there. But I won't get a good night's sleep until at least one of these is off my plate and onto someone else's. 


So tell me–what's your method of dealing with multiple projects?

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  1. If I don't have one that is more pressing than the other, I work on whichever one inspires me more and then move onto the others.

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    1. That's a good approach. It also helps if you get stuck on one to have something else to move on to.

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  2. It's all about deadlines for me. Barring that, I go with whichever one is flowing for me.

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    1. I find each job appeals to a different part of my brain, which is why I'm having trouble choosing. But you're right, the deadline comes first, since someone's waiting for that project.

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  3. I agree with Jana. However, I always get the edits done first. That way they're off my plate. I don't believe in a muse, so it's all work. Just what am I going to work on. IF you feel like you need to do two at once, pick the time you're most creative and do the writing. Then spend the other 1/2 day on the edits.

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    1. I'm usually clearheaded in the morning, so I'm doing edits tomorrow. Hopefully, I can get that off my plate and get back to the fun stuff.

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  4. I can't even read three books at once, so I am in awe of your ability to write three books simultaneously. Kudos to you.

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    1. I alway have 3 or more books going simultaneously, too, now that I think of it. Maybe that's my magic number.

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  5. Anything with a deadline comes first and then whatever project excites me.

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    1. You're so right, CB. I'm working on edits starting today. Everything else can wait.

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  6. There is no way I could do that. One has to be the priority. Maybe ideas pop in my mind for the other and I'll open it to add notes, but I can't shift like that. Good luck.

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    1. I'd prefer to have one less thing, so I'll get through the edits today and tomorrow and then settle into just doing two things. So much easier that way.

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