Hey everyone, welcome to this week’s writerly update.
I have had an odd week, writing wise, this week. For most of the week, I didn’t really feel like writing. For those of you who regularly read this update, you know that it usually kills me to go days without writing, so to go days without writing and not really caring all that much that I didn’t, meant something was wrong. It wasn’t writers block, when I actually forced myself to sit down and write, the words flowed. But something was wrong, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Until yesterday.
I decided last week that I would focus solely on my novella. Since it is a lot shorter than a normal manuscript, I wanted to get the first draft out pretty quick. And this was what the problem was: working on one manuscript and one manuscript only.
You see, I’m a juggler. That’s just the way I am. I need to be working on more than one thing at a time. When I first starting writing, I did only work on one manuscript at a time, but as the years went by and the manuscripts/ideas began piling up, I started juggling them all and now, it seems, I can’t go back. I can easily juggle up to four manuscripts and a short story, working on bits of each during the week. I can write 3k in a day, but that 3k would be split into 3 lots of 1k over 3 different manuscripts. It’s the routine I’ve gotten into, and it works well for me. But trying to just focus on one thing, I was being something I’m not and was suffering for it. When I realised this, it was like a weight was lifted off of me.
I spent the weekend working on my novella, my middle grade novel and my urban fantasy too (which I now realise is more of a paranormal romance and will refer to it as such from now on.) I didn’t need to force myself to write, I didn’t avoid writing, I just wrote and it felt good.
So here’s my piece of advice: find out how you work best and do that. Don’t try and be like any other writer, don’t let people tell you what the best way to work is, just do what’s best for you, you will be happier for it.
(#It can be detrimental to go from manuscript to manuscript without actually finishing one. You will just end up with a long list of half finished manuscripts. Even though I work on a lot at once, I finish them all eventually. You won’t ever sell your manuscript if you never actually finish it. So even if you want to work on multiple manuscripts, make it a goal to finish them.)
How was your writing week? I would love to hear from you.
Happy writing 🙂