We have all heard of writer’s block. He is that little demon that swoops in and flirts with your muse for a bit. While he is keeping her distracted you grow increasingly worried that she will turn her back on your long established friendship for good. That worry eventually is unfounded because writer’s block decides to leave your muse for someone else’s. Then you can welcome the muse back into your life with open arms and pick up where you left off.
At the moment I have the opposite issue. I am experiencing writer’s flow. You might ask, what is the problem with that?
The problem is, it is making me unproductive, or at least in my mind, I think it is. I was writing a YA novel got about 35,000 words into it. Then got a fabulous idea for another YA novel which I have been writing as part of my summer YA novel writing challenge. I have completed the first three chapters of that novel. During all this I have been editing/reworking my completed YA novel. Then at about 3 am Saturday morning my muse woke me with a brilliant idea for a MG series. I have completed the first chapter of the first book in that series.
This week I was looking at the word count on my current work in progress and was feeling as though I was truly behind on my goals. That I realised it is because I am dabbling in four novels all at once. When I add this week’s word counts, from each of those novels, together, I have actually reached and exceeded my set weekly word count goals. I am not sure this makes me feel any better though.
I suppose I have two choices:
1) Focus on my summer writing challenge novel and put the others on the back burner for now to meet the word count goals I have set for that novel and hopefully finish it by September as planned.
2) Lighten up a bit and accept that as long as I am meeting my word count goals it does not matter which project I am working on, they all will eventually get finished, just maybe not in the time frame I have set out.
How many manuscripts are you working on at the moment? How do you balance your time between them?