Simultaneously Working on Two Projects

It’s been a good solid couple of months since my last post (which is really pathetic now that I think about it), but in all honesty, I really haven’t been doing a lot involving writing in that time. I know, I know, it’s terrible; I just haven’t had the inspiration… and it doesn’t exactly help that I’m in my last semester of school either.

But excuses aside, in my last post I said I wasn’t sure whether to continue editing my completed first draft of the first novel in my first trilogy (yes, I know there are too many firsts in this sentence) or work on the first draft of the novella (sorry about first again). Now that I’ve begun writing again I’ve made up my mind. I’m working on both.

To all you new writers out there I don’t necessarily recommend working on two things at once – unless you totally can work that way, in which case, props to you. Personally, I find working on two different projects can go one of two ways: it’s either going to be amazing or totally suck.

I’m the kind of writer that when I get stuck on my current project, I open up a new word document and begin something new. Now, this isn’t to say that I push aside the old idea and never return to it. I more or less use the new idea to jumpstart my creative juices and get unstuck. For me, the new story allows for the words to flow from my brain to the page easily and get the thoughts out. Most of the time, this results in my writer’s block for the first project disappearing and voila! I can write again.

What’s the problem with this, you ask? Simple. It doesn’t always work that easily. Sometimes the writer’s block doesn’t go away until I’m entirely immersed in this new idea of mine. In these times, the original story falls by the wayside until I get stuck on this new project.

Should I really stop this way of writing? Probably. It would definitely make sure I finish a project before starting a new one. But then again, this is how I deal with writer’s block, something which if you’ve read some of my previous blog posts, you’ll understand I have a love/hate relationship with (though to be honest, I don’t really know a writer that doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with writer’s block…). So if I am to ever get rid of this tactic, I guess I’m going to need a new way to fight off writer’s block. And that requires far too much thinking and planning for my liking right now. Thinking and planning time that I could be spending writing.

Well, that’s all I really have to say on this topic, if you could call it a topic. Come to think of it, it’s more of an update than a topic.

Anyway, keep writing everyone.


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