Over my cup of Hazelnut coffee this morning, I started thinking about my writing projects (along with trying to figure out why I dreamed about running around trying to find a battle axe). That’s right. Projects! I have decided to start two of them at the same time! Wonder if I’ll be able to keep my head on straight after this one though!
My first project is, well, not going so well. I’m trying a new outlining thing, trying to figure out how many points of views I want, and whether or not to use first or third person (which this part relies on the second ‘figuring’ out stage). Also, I may be having a hard time writing this because it’s my first time really giving outlining a go and it’s my first time with the paranormal subgenre of YA. My second project is like the sixth edit of my first novel. I suppose I should say rewrite because it wasn’t right to start with.
There are a lot of arguments about whether or not to work on multiple projects or not. I was reading Anthony Lee Collin’s blog the other day and in his post the weight of published words he discusses not only publishing a series but also of having multiple projects going at the same time. He states:
On another topic, at one point, when I was about halfway through U-town, I stopped for a period of a couple of years, since I had hit a snag that I couldn’t figure out how to solve. It wasn’t “writer’s block,” it was a problem that took time to work through. And I did keep busy during that time (that’s when I started reviewing movies, for example). Because it’s always a good idea* to have two projects going at once.
* “a good idea” is a post by Maggie Madly Writing: Two Is Better Than One. Here she describes fantastic reasons to work on multiple projects which I’m coming to agree with.
See, yesterday as I was writing, I got stuck in my paranormal story. I had nothing else to work on besides a few short stories that I didn’t really feel like working on at that time. So, I broke out my other work. My second project as we’ll call it. I read through the current draft and wrote down a few notes about how I want to change it in the new edits. Then I went back to my first project because I had a chance to think about where I was stuck.
On the other hand, there are arguments against it. (And I use the word argument loosely here.) You need to head on over to Tamara Paulin’s blog and read her post 10 reasons not to start a new writing project. And this doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with multiple projects at the same time until you get into the comments. (It’s still a fantastic read though so don’t skip over it! Give Tamara some love and visit her blog!)
She makes some good points about not starting a new project, and normally I would agree. This time, however, I’m not going to. I’m arguing for multiple projects! So what if vampires and werewolves make their way into a suspense story. It’ll just make it that much more interesting, right?
Nah – I’m pretty sure I can keep my stories apart…well, I’m hoping so-
Are you for it or against it? Does the thought of multiple projects make you want to bang your head against the wall?