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    Writing Two Stories at a Time

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Fanficlover, Dec 18, 2010.

    As of now, I am writing two stories. Is that okay for a good organization? I also made a list of the ideal name for next stories that I thought up, too. What do you think about this?
     
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    There's another thread about this somewhere. I think the general attitude is that it's perfectly okay to work on more than one project at the same time and many of us (myself included) do so.
     
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    I don't like to work on 2 novels at once but I do work on short stories.
    Is it "okay"? Anything is ok lol. Don't stop yourself from doing what you love.
     
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    One general piece of advice is that new or inexperienced writers are better off working on just one. Which is precisely why I am currently working on just one. :D

    There is a risk that if you take on too many projects at once, it is more difficult to finish them. But that's not to say it can't be done, and done well.
     
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    it's good only if you can do so successfully...
     
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    It depends on whether you are well organised or not. Are you writing short stories or novels?

    I'd find it difficult to write more than one novel at the same time, even just time-wise.

    Short stories or song lyrics, I do that all the time.

    I used to have about a million sheets of paper with half-finished lyrics though. Getting better...
     
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    I have four floating around and none of them are finished. I put all 4 aside to buckle down and finish one that I'm closest to completing, and I've only got about 8K left to go before I'll be done with it. So focusing on one at a time is best for getting them all done in the long haul, but there's nothing wrong with starting up more than 1.
     
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    As long as you're writing, you're doing it correctly.

    Some people work on one thing at a time. Others juggle. Some people work on installments -- they'll work on, say, six or seven projects at once, and each day they finish a section of several projects. So they'll have a YA novel going, and they'll do a chapter every other day, but at the same time they'll do 4 pages a day on their novella, and a scene every few days on their fantasy book.

    The point is, as long as you are writing, you're doing what you need to do as a writer. If someone else does it differently, so what? That's fine for them -- but you should never change what works for you just because you heard someone else uses a different method.
     
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    It's totally fine. Whatever works for you, every writer is different.

    Since I'm working on a series, my mind is always coming up with ideas for the future stories. I have a pile of notes to remind myself when I get to them. I try to work on one book at a time, but if I have an idea for a scene or part of another book, I'll work on it, so I don't loose the "magic" of the story.
     
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    It's more than doable but it can be a bit of a hindrance to both stories.
     
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    I think that it is actually a better way to do it. I can't remember the last time I only had one story going at any given time. When you hit a wall and seem to have no inspiration for one story, you switch to the other one and maybe you'll have more luck with that one. Often, something one story makes you think about will give you an idea, which will lead to an epiphany on what to do with the first one. I do usually have one "main" one I am working on, the one I automatically bring up when I begin to write. The others are there for when I get stuck on that one and need a change of pace.
     
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    I have tonnes of ideas going at once, but that also creates other problems. As long as you aren't spread too thinly, do it! :)
     
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    Thank you, members. I decided that I will work on one story at a time. For now, I will work on this Ace Attorney story that I am writing.
     
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    Congrats on your decision. I am currently working on more than one story and don't like it much. I can do it though.

    Where I struggle is when I have different main characters - I struggle getting back into the right voice then. My biggest challenge right now is doing same character from third person POV at aged seven as I am writing as first person POV aged one hundred thirty lol I have to keep remembering he does not kiss the little boy in the seat next to him at school for another ten years :)
     

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