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Now on to my insecurity. It centers around the balancing of two projects at the same time. I’m currently revising my second book, and I’m really at the beginning of that process. All the while, I’m continuing to refine and submit my first book. On top of that, I’ve just agreed to work with an editor on the first one because I received a lot of interest and a couple of contest nods for it, but I haven’t been able to parlay that into a contract. So… I broke down and contacted a local editor, and now I’m looking at balancing both projects simultaneously this winter.
Does anyone have nails I can chew down? Mine are practically gone.
My question is: how many projects do you work on at once?
Time for the news. Don’t check your calendars–it’s not the wrong day. Well, maybe it is a teeny bit early. I have conferences the next two nights, so I’m posting this before my brain turns to mush.
This first story. *Giggle* Just read it. I’m being very naughty tonight, but I could just totally picture this. Dumb and pot equals a bed of Doritos. Too funny.
Next up: lunch. Crickets are actually tasty. I ate them at a science conference once. Stir fry bugs and veggies. Yum!
Science is up to bat now. Good news for a very devastated area, but bad news for people. The effects of people are worse on wildlife that a nuclear meltdown. Geez.
That’ll do it for this Tuesday, um… Wednesday. See you next week.
How many projects at a time–that’s delicate business. In general, I try to keep things limited to the “One Story At a Time” rule. I only have the one keyboard after all. That being said, I have three projects on my plate right now and a fourth that is sitting on the counter staring at me because it knows it should be on the plate. The key with juggling projects is to focus your attention on the project you are working on in that moment. You will have to put the others aside, and basically, there is no way to work on more than one at a time.
The focus on the one I’m working on strategy seems like what I will probably employ. Designated times or something. Good luck with all four of your projects. That is impressive.
Hang in there. You can do it. Just smile and start writing/editing. Right now I’ll be starting edits from the publisher next week. I’m working on rough drafts of two other stories, and hope to start on revisions to a historical novel soon. It needs an ending too.
Sounds like I’m not alone. Thanks for the pep talk. Good luck on your four projects. Thinking about more than two would make my brain hurt. 😉
You’re doing better than me. I can only work on one project at once, and I’m not even working on it since I wrote the ending chapters! I’m intimidated by the revisions it needs. I’m afraid I won’t be able to fix all the things I think need fixing, so I’m doing every thing else but the revision. I hope your new editor helps. All of us need all the help we can get!
I won’t know if I can cut it until basically February. We’ll see. I’m anxious in advance. I think you’ll totally be able to fix what needs fixing. You’ll see it. You always do. You’re just so deep in it that it feels overwhelming. I can’t wait to read the revised bits. 🙂
Two projects at most, but even then, one gets the proverbial shaft.
That’s what I’m worried about.
The stoner story is hilarious. You’re so high, man.
I can usually only work on one at a time, but I’ve been working on two short stories this month.
Enjoy your conference!
Wasn’t that hilarious? Happy writing on your shorts. It’s actually parent/teacher conferences, not a conference. I’d much rather be at a writing conference. If only… 🙂
Hope you’re enjoying the conference. And I’d lend you my nails, but I keep them super short so I don’t chew them. Best of luck with both projects.
Thanks and good thinking. 😉