Thursday, February 7, 2013

Two Projects at Once?!

One of my critters and I have been talking about this idea a lot lately. Can you, should you, would you work on two manuscripts at the same time?

You know how it gets with our creative brains. We always have ideas tickling tickling tickling, begging to be written out. New characters whose fresh voices like to drown out the old ones.

How much are you willing to listen to them? Do you make notes to get back to your Shiny New Idea when you finish what you're working on? Do you eagerly abandon your WIP for the SNI? Have you tried to work on them simultaneously?

Said critter came across THIS BLOG POST by Hex Hall author Rachel Hawkins. Her method: if a scene from something else pops into your head, JUST WRITE IT.

You know when you hit a wall in your MS and you stare at your computer screen like a zombie muttering MY BRAIN....? Well, maybe it's time to refresh that brain by playing around with something fun, something new. A potential future story.

Now, how organized to get about this is another question. At this moment, I'm content pushing through to the end of my WIP without adding a second project on top, BUT if I did have something that was tickling tickling tickling so much I had to do something about it, I like the idea of splitting up my writing time between the two evenly and seeing how that goes first. Or maybe alternating days, putting a night's sleep between each to get out of one character's head and back into the other.

Are you all for two at once?! Or is this concept just too confusing for you to even consider?!

10 comments:

  1. I did two projects over NaNo last year. I think it worked partially because they were VERY different in tone and feeling (one was high fantasy, the other light contemporary), but I still sometimes found myself mixing tenses when I switched between them. (One was in present tense, the other in past.) I'm not sure if I'd want to work two simultaneous projects in circumstances other than (crazy) NaNo, though...

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  2. Go for it! I write a novel and short stories at the same time. I'm writing my novel on MWF and short stories on TT. It works well for me! It keeps me from getting burned out on either project. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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  3. Well, I drafted a new MS during Nanowrimo, but I've had trouble getting started on revisions given I still have another MS I'm revising and sending out to agents. It's definitely a challenge to focus on two projects at the same time.

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  4. Hey, I'm the referenced crit parnter! And you read the article I suggested! Woohoo! Well, you already know how I feel about this (i.e. DO IT!), so... ;)

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  5. I constantly work on two projects. Sometimes it helps for the mood I'm in as I usually choose a darker/horror project and a lighter project to work on.

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  6. Myself...I'm completely monogamous. One project at a time. I barely juggle all of the balls when I'm working on one project. Two? Forget about it! :)

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  7. I've quit projects to focus on a SNI before, and I've never regretted it. I'm a big believer in writing what seems exciting to you at the moment (and going back to finish those other projects later).

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  8. I say go for it!! But only if I get to read them both and they BOTH have kissing in them! ;)

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  9. If i tried doing more than one at a time, none of them would ever get finished. I have to write one story at a time, beginning to end (no jumping around to the fun bits) if i ever want to reach "the end"

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  10. I started writing one WIP ... but then I started having ideas that wouldn't fit into the story soooooooo it lead to the birth of a second wip lol :)

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