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?!