One of the best places to be a writer is Twitter. No joke. I love it not only to find cool books, meet new people, and talk about the books we love, but also because it’s a great place to brainstorm with like-minded people.
One thing we talked about a little while ago was working on multiple projects at a time.
You see, I do this. Kind of. I have a first draft that I’m drafting, some that I’m revising and editing, some that are off to beta readers, and usually one that’s with my editor.
But I don’t always work on them exactly at the same time. Usually I separate it by month.
This is a great way to work, if you have a mind like mine that likes to be organized and structured. Though I might still keep writing my first draft until it’s done, however long that might take, I’ll swap between all those other things.
Which means that this month, I’m drafting and fixing edits from editor. In October, I’ll get feedback from some beta readers and start revising that story. In November, I’ll of course be doing NaNoWriMo (Google it if you’re not familiar, it’s a write-a-book-in-a-month thing, and it’s super fun). (Oh, and also, I work on short stories on Sundays).
By sorting my workload this way, I feel like I get a lot of stuff done. I break up my drafting with other projects, so that I don’t get bored with working on just one thing, I make sure to give beta readers/editor a lot of time to give me feedback so I’m not waiting around for them, and I constantly have things rolling. It’s great!
How do you schedule your writing? Do you work on several projects at a time, or focus solely on one?