I feel like a cartoon character with little birds flying around her head, only in my case it’s not because I’ve been hit, it’s because I have too many ideas for writing projects. I have novel #1 to edit of course. Novel #2 to plot. An old short story that I had shelved wanting to be reworked. A new short story for a secret project I’m participating in. And as of December 31, 2009, two non-fiction projects wanting to be started.
It’s been a long time since I did any organized non-fiction writing. It’s a very different process for me from writing short stories, which is very different from writing a novel. I’m pondering what method will be best to give adequate attention to each kind of writing. I don’t like to be too rigidly scheduled, so to begin with I think I’ll just do what I have been doing since NaNoWriMo started–sit down to write every day, regardless of how I feel, and work on SOMETHING. I think I will be satisfied as long as I keep the writing flow going, regardless of what I’m working on. And since I’m easily bored (not to mention easily distracted), I might find myself becoming much more productive if I have a variety of projects in the works. If I find myself not feeling satisfied with my progress, I’ll look for a new method.
What about you? Do you work on multiple kinds of writing all at once, or do you work on one project at a time? Do you schedule your writing? If so, how? Discuss!