Without a shadow of a doubt, I need to learn to multi-task. I’m pretty good at this in my everyday life but when it comes to writing not so much. I’ve always been a one-story-at-a-time type of girl. I always assumed that was the way to be…
Yes, I’m one of those annoying people who likes to focus on one story at a time. I like to give each story I’m working on my undivided attention. Yes, when other ideas pop into my head I’ll jot them down but I won’t chase them up until I’m done with what I’m working on at the time. I realise this is a bad habit that needs to be broken immediately. I sincerely wish I could be like my writer friends who have multiple stories on the go at once. I want to be a writing machine. I want to be working on a million stories at once. OK, I’m exaggerating. Merely a couple of stories at once would suffice.
With the start of my PhD just around the corner, this is something I really need to remedy if I’m going to churn out a perfectly polished 70,000 collection of short stories in three years. My short stories will all be on a similar theme and so that might make it somewhat easier to juggle the writing of multiple stories at once. Perhaps it will no longer be a problem when I start studying again because I will, quite simply, just have to get on with it – there will be no time for any ‘and ifs or buts’. I like to think that because I will be so immersed in my project I won’t have any time to think about it. I’ll just do it. All will be well. Once I’ve embraced the art of writerly multi-tasking, I will never box myself in to writing a single story at a time again.
But for now, I think I need to practice juggling. That shall be my aim for the summer: learn how to juggle (multiple writing projects at once). Here’s hoping I don’t end up with many indelible ink blots splattered at my feet!
Do you juggle multiple writing projects at once or are you a one-story-at-a-time type?