Wednesday, May 6, 2020

#IWSG Just keep swimming

Hello and welcome to another session of As the Writer Turns! Kidding-- it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day!
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I'm not going to lie, the world is a strange and dangerous place right now. I personally prefer my strange danger to keep to my books--those I write and those I read. I'm not a fan of it coming into the real world like this. That being said, one thing has remained constant-- keeping the writing going is always a struggle.

Even in "good times" it's not easy to keep writing. I can't speak for all writers, but I don't just slap myself into a chair and crank out words. Words and ideas can be quite sneaky and difficult to control and maintain. So, that hasn't changed. :)

I've found for myself that being able to switch gears helps. I currently have two new projects going on, a book in edits, and two new series in "thinking about" stages. 

And it works.

Now, my writing isn't fast right now, not even my normal speed--but I am getting things done. When I get stuck in one project, I switch to another. Having a lot of creative things in my head seems to keep the fires burning.  To be fair, I've apparently got a weird mind (or so they keep saying ;)). But you might try multi working to keep forward momentum. 

Now, this isn't the "OOOOO! Start a new project and abandon the other one!" These all get done. But having options puts less pressure on me right now, and that's a good thing.

Gotta keep swimming (writing).

Have a great IWSG day!

15 comments:

  1. I've found that I'm quite productive when I work on multiple projects at once. It keeps me from getting burnt out on one.

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  2. I like your idea. Sometimes I rest when I know my brain needs to think on things. Solutions come to me rather slowly sometimes. Working on something else might be the answer I'm looking for.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. It seems to help me! I'll come up with ideas for other projects when I'm working on one--I jot them down and keep working.

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  3. I agree that sometimes having more than one project going at the same time can help. I like to have a short one and a long one. That seems to reduce the risk of my abandoning one completely. I'm glad you're getting words done, even if they are slow!

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    1. That's a good idea! For me I have to make sure the works are not similar ;). Thank you!

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  4. I like the idea of being able to switch to other projects when you hit a roadblock in another. Unfortunately, for a long while I was having to stick with one project just to make sure I had something to submit to my critique partners on our once a month schedule. Now that I've started working on the sequel, I can jump around as much as I want.

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    1. Excellent! Some writer friends of mine absolutely can't jump, it messes them up. But for me and others it works! I will say if I have a deadline, I have to drop to one project (obviously), but ideally having more than one
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  5. I have a similar process. Whenever I'm stuck with one project, I go on to another. This gives me time to work out any issues when I get back to it. I'm not a fast writer either, but I blame that entirely on my perfectionism. ;-)

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  6. I worry I might get confused between projects, but then I've never really worked on more than one thing at a time, so I should give it a try. Glad it's working for you!

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    1. It can't hurt to try-- ya might like it! My projects do need to be different from each other though ;)

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  7. I do not mind working on multiple projects as long as only one of them is big.

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  8. Dory's advice is a great reminder. When you think about all the dangers she went through to find her parents, it's a parallel to the world today. So many dangers. Stay safe and keep on swimming.

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