I’m in the throes of editing my last project and trying to do the same with a story I completed in 2008. I haven’t had a lot of success with either over the past two weeks. Too many things going on at the same time.
And I keep forgetting to write.
By June 6, I completed six chapters from two separate novels-in-waiting for a competition. Since then, I haven’t written anything. That’s too many days for a writer to go without putting anything on the screen.
Trouble is, I can’t decide which project to work on next. Good sense says I should go with the one that comes after the story I’m editing now, except I haven’t done any plotting as yet. I know what happens at the end of the story, but I need to figure out the roadmap.
And you guessed it, the story I shouldn’t be working on now is the one that’s calling. I know what happens in the next chapter, but haven’t got around to writing it. Maybe I should write what is begging to be written and then go back to what’s rightfully next in line.
Then there’s the story I want to start editing before I try to find an agent. The sequel to that one is seventy-five per cent written, but it’s not urgent that I get it done right now. I just need to have something to query an agent with.
It would help if I’d stick to the schedule I set myself. The trouble is, the mind is willing to be disciplined, but the flesh has its own ideas.
I need a foolproof way to stick to the looooooooooooooooooooooooooong list of projects simmering on the back burner.