When I was a kid, my mother found it baffling how I could simultaneously read five books at the same time (not literally…but chapters out of different books throughout the same week.) My writing
Somewhere, I lost all that. Darn.
Original fiction requires a long stew period for me. I take months just to THINK about where I’m going with my next project. This is very difficult to do with two WIPs at once, unless they’re in a series. Which is probably why I’m so tempted to write Paradisa’s sequel for NaNoWriMo, as I literally cannot think of other stories right now.
I try. I try to build other plot bunnies up in my brain, molding them into a story, but my thoughts constantly slip back to Connor and his pals. I’m an outliner too, so I can’t just “write and see where that takes me.” Even pushing out short stories during this time is rough.
On one hand, this is quite frustrating. On the other, it’s necessary. To finish a book – to spend the required months of writing, possible years of editing, possible years of querying – you almost must be obsessed with it. It must pain you to think of working on anything else. Otherwise, you might give up. You’ll grow sick with it. You might lose your patience and never want to finish or see it again.
I know this is not the case with some of you. You lucky dogs can spread yourself across multiple universes, puppeteer the lives of many different characters. That lends itself very well to genre-writing or self-publishing. I myself have an obsessive personality though. I’m a planner and a commiter. And when I commit to a project, I am useless to anything else. I cannot do scripts and film work while writing fiction, nor can I do music work with my boyfriend. Even when I was in fanfic, I could only write for one fandom at a time – and I couldn’t do original work either.
Are YOU able to juggle multiple projects at once? Or are you a raging obsessive like me?