1. L'Apprentie
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    Do you work on one project at a time or different ones going on at the same time?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by L'Apprentie, Dec 20, 2011.

    Does it happen to you that you work on two or more different genre's writing projects at the same time or do you find that you need to work one out totally then move to the next?
     
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    I limit myself to writing one story at the time, but I can easily gather ideas for the next while working on the first, or thinking about how to improve the previous.
     
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    It depends on where my energy is. Sometimes I can sit and concentrate on a single novel for multiple months with no breaks whatsoever and other times I'm alternating between many at a time.
     
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    I have front-burner projects and back-burner projects. I have two novels (a big one and a short one) on the back burner right now. I have a couple of short stories on the front burner, and I work on either of them, depending on the day. They are both part of a series, so the background material is the same, which makes it easier.
     
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    One major project, with breaks for short stories and flash fiction. Never more than one major project at a time. But the ideas for them are there. I have at least two characters angry at me for not having started working on their novels.
     
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    christ, i have several. i get stuck on plots a lot so when i'm not making tracks on one story i'll move to something where I can. not the best way to do things, but it's not like i'm a working writer. I have severe concentration issues too so I really have to do what I can to stay 'active'.
     
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    i've very rarely worked on only a single writing project [if ever]...
     
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    Do you never feel ideas overlapping or going in all directions? I feel overwhelmed by the number of ideas in mind but which have to wait till I get time to focus on each one of them one by one...
     
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    That feels familiar, Joanna. I feel my stories awaiting to be written as staring at my apparent laziness to handle them.lol
     
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    Same here... the most work ive done recently is 3 poems based on my fantasy universe... it's only 2 pages....
     
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    Currently I am world building (working out the imaginary physics) for one project, and actively writing the other. I cannot activly write two though, too much differing imaginations.
     
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    I always seem to have multiple projects. I have the short story, which I use to kick-start my muse in the morning (I always find a story from somewhere the night before and play around with it in my head before I commit it to paper), and from, say, 9am onwards I begin my novel. Sometimes, a place or character will pop out at me from my novel and demand to have it's own story told, in which case I jot down the name and details in my little black book and do something with them once I'm done with the daily word count.

    Stories come from everywhere, and sometimes they demand to be told. Sometimes you can't ignore them.
     
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    i often work on a dozen or more projects of various sizes, concurrently...

    nope!... they stay where i put them...
     
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    I only write one thing at a time. If I let my A.D.D. get the best of me I will never get anything done, haha.
     
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    Lol, same.
     
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    I write short stories or poems normally in one sitting.

    For anything longer, one at a time works better for me.
     
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    i use brown accordion folders to hold my work....currently i have 6 projects going, all at various stages.....i prefer to write down ideas as they come to me rather than lose them....i can always work on them later.
     
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    I'm writing my novel (it's been already six years, but I'm finishing it), I'm writing my demo (instrumental, lyrics, recording, equalizing and all that), finishing my poetry book (to publish someday), and beginning my first draft for the manga I've planned to draw (for years but never had the time except now). So yeah, you can do many projects at the same time. Just always remember to finish them and not leave them uncompleted. Have a nice day!
     
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    Wow! Thank you so much all of you. That was great to have so much of insights. I love this sight and I love you people for being so nice as to share your experiences :) Thank you.
     
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    I would LOVE to be able to work on more than one project at a time, but I fear that I might get so interested in one project that I neglect the others.
     
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    This is me as well. Sometimes I go for a while without working on anything, sometimes I just work on one thing. Usually I have ideas in my head for multiple things. Right now I want to write a more true-to-the-novel adaptation of Jurassic Park, just for fun, I have an idea for an original screenplay I want to write, I have my novel I'm almost finished, I have video games I want to write, and buildings I want to design.
    I do all different kinds of creative stuff. Writing just happens to be my strongest suit, but I love design of all types.
     
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    I have 2 unfinished stories going on 1 unfinished and basically abandoned story (all in finnish except for 1st part of one story which I also have in english). I also have an idea + 3 pages of plans for a fanfiction story.

    I just hope I get something also finished, but I'll have marticulation examinations (6) in 2.5 months, entrance exams in the beginning of June and atleast 6 month military servise starting in July.
     
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    I usually have two or three projects going at once, almost literally at once. I open up the story documents and then I switch back and forth between them for a while, but it usually ends up with one of the stories getting the main attention during a sitting.
     
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    I would love to do that as well! I feel that I am running out of time. But my fear is that while juggling with 2-3 at hand I might never finish any one of them adequately enough!
     

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