I have the horrendous habit of starting a new project before finishing the last. I love starting projects, but something (probably a new project) distracts my attention. I have a half-finished knitted scarf, a bunch of beads I was going to make jewelry with, material I planned on making a skirt out of, blogs some of which are half abandoned or fully abandoned, then last but not least stories. The discovery in our house is if I say I “need” to finish or do something, it’s not going to get done.
Last week I took half the week off from work to get some stuff done around the house… it “needed” done. Needless to say most of it was put off for another day, but not all was lost. While I was “digging” around for an old word document, I found four abandoned stories. They had been projects for NaNoWriMo or character development, but once I had gotten what I wanted from them I set them aside to go back to working on my main project at the time, Reverie.
I spent last Wednesday and Thursday writing for several hours, but I never once touched Dissonance. I had written myself into a bit of a corner and wasn’t sure where to go next. It was a relief to have found those old stories, one of which I shared the first two chapters last week and the other is a coming of age story that started as a paranormal ghost story, but turned into something different. I am not sure which way I will eventually take that story, but eventually it may become the main project.
While I was writing and editing and enjoying the freedom of working on something other than Malcolm’s story, I started to get ideas about where to go next with Dissonance. I spent Friday evening into the early morning hours of Saturday writing on Malcolm’s story. I am not certain what my ending word count for the day was, but I redeemed a character, broke up a relationship, and started Malcolm down the path that leads to the sequel Reverie. I considered that a successful day.
Until last week, I had considered my blog to be my side project to writing, but now I realize I should always have an additional writing project out on the wings. I got so much writing and plotting done on my novel, just by freeing up space in mind and being creative on something that wasn’t my main focus. I thought since I have such difficulties finishing projects, I should only work on one at time, but I think I was wrong. I think I need to have multiple projects going at the same time just to let me relax from my own pressures of finishing what I started.
What about you? Other than your blogs do you write on multiple projects at a time or do you focus your time on one?