Writers aren't exactly people, they're a lot of people trying to be one person. F.Scott Fitzgerald

Monday, February 28, 2011

Conundrum for writers!

       How does a writer pick a manuscript to work on if they have several in various stages. Some don't start on a new project until the first is completed. Others write down the new idea and a bit about it and set it aside for later. Probably the wisest course to take. Still others juggle writing in each WIP(work in progress for non-writer clarification) each day,each week,etc!    I tend to fall into the category of what can only be called, "Writer's Insanity"!
       At present I have a childrens book of my original bedtime stories, a romance suspense, a fantasy and a SciFi in various stages of completion. Do I know better? Yes. Am I going to stop and concentrate on only one WIP at a time? Maybe,okay to be perfectly honest,no.
       I admit it,I tend to work on the book that best fits my mood.The book I am most excited about that Day. I didn't say that was the best way to write and finish a manuscript,I merely stated that is what I do,at least for now.
      I didn't start out that way.I started out with one idea and wrote my entire 128,000 word romance suspense in a few months.Then I started my second,which is sort of a sequel to the first or second in a series of books about the same characters, in about a year. This time frame does not include revisions and editing which I still have not completed.
    My third novel,I wrote during NaNoWriMo(Look it up) and I am still revising and editing it two years later. At present I am concentrating on finishing a story I stated as a series of posts on this blog.I fell in love with the characters and the story and ended the story on the blog and I am concentrating entirely on finishing this WIP as a novel. It will be the first in a series.So, Yes Virginia,writers can change their spots. I am proof of that,at least for now.
    To all the writers out there,post a comment on your writing habits.Do you finish one book before starting the next,work on several at a time,what?
 Well,time to go.I hear my characters clamoring for me to finish their story.Some of them will just have to wait their turn. Happy writing to each and every one of you.


Lunadude said...

Eeek. A "SyFy"?! I think you meant "SciFi", short for Science Fiction. SyFy is the name of a cable channel that used to be called the SciFi Channel, until it changed its name.

Owldreamer said...

Yes I did mean SciFi.The SyFy channel could sue me for using their trademark.