For me, this year is about creating a better writing routine and improving my craft. So I was disappointed that the last couple weeks have been rather slow in the writing department—especially since I was moving at a nice pace previously.
I realize that while I have a drafting routine that works, my revision process is still very much a work in progress. I’m toying with the idea of working on multiple projects at once, that way if I find myself stuck on one WIP, instead of sitting there spinning my wheels and going nowhere, I could spend that time on another project. Often, working on one project helps me solve problems that pop up in another manuscript, so this sounds like a possible solution for me.
In “Revision and Self-Editing,” James Scott Bell calls this “Ping-Ponging”:
Even when you’re working on one primary project, I advise that you have others in the works. When you’re hot and heavy in revision, you can still “ping-pong” between projects. This will spark a different part of your writer’s brain, and when you come back to revise you’ll have fresh insights.
I’m going to take Bell’s advice this week and try adding a new project into the mix.
- Goal: Finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Not much progress to report. Did some planning and organizing and a little line editing on the first chapter. I don’t think I’ll have a completed second draft by the end of this round, but I’d like to be off to a good start.
2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.
- 4 of 4 books read. Goal met, but I’m also rereading “Revision and Self-Editing” by James Scott Bell.
3.) Social media:
- Check in on Twitter daily. Met for three out of five days. Took Monday off and missed Thursday.
- Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Took Monday off; goal met for other three days.
- Blog 2 times a week. Target met.
A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!
What about you? Do you work on multiple projects at once, or do you prefer to work on one at a time?