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the writing/juggling act

Here’s a quick post on my method for writing two novels at once. (And maybe tomorrow I’ll introduce my second project!)

I allocate days to each novel (Fridays and Sundays for romance; Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays, Thursday afternoons and Saturdays for YA). On any given day I work strictly and exclusively on whatever that day’s project is – I don’t allow myself to even look at, or write notes for, the other project.

That may sound a little excessive, but if I bend that rule at all, what starts happening is that I dither between the two. If my mind starts wandering from one, or I hit a wall, I will switch projects, telling myself that I’m still being productive. And there goes a whole day.

Being strict also means that I can focus entirely on what I’m writing that day, without feeling any guilt about the other project.

Everyone works in their own way, but I’ve found this really works for me, so I thought I’d share it in case it works at least as a starting point for any other writers out there whose ideas are overflowing.