Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WiP Wednesday: So Many Stories, So Little Time

First things first: Today is my last FULL work day of the week! Huzzah! Tomorrow is a half day and then we're getting our family pictures done. And Friday I'm off because it's the baby's (E) 1st birthday and we're having a family day. Okay, gloating over my last work day done. Moving on...

I've been trying to focus, I really have. With my current wip I'm just over the halfway point, I think. Right about 36K words and I'm looking at hitting around 70K with it.

Herein lies the problem, and I've mentioned it before: I have writer's ADD. Seriously. As I've said, I've been working diligently on 4LW for several weeks now, thanks to the Writer's Throwdown Challenge and my willing myself to concentrate on just the one project. That's where the problem is.

Working on one project at a time is simply NOT in my nature. I'm through and through a Gemini and because of that, I am a multi-tasker by heart. I can't help it. Where is all this random rambling going, you ask? Well...

I started a new project. Well, not started, exactly, it's been there for a while, sitting around for the last year with just over 5K words in it and I had a thought the other day that didn't fit into 4LW and I wrote it all down and realized yesterday where it goes. So now, again, I have 3 projects running at various stages.

JM: (YA Contemp Fic) Finishing up revisions then will set aside to cure
4LW: (YA Contemp Fic) About 51% complete at 36,103 words
and the new-old one Grace totally a working title and actually doesn't mean anything so don't read anything into it...
Grace: (YA ... something. Not sure yet where this is going.) I have no idea how complete it is, but currently it has 8,366 words

My goal is to finish revisions of JM by the end of the month. I've had some great feedback and am currently working that through the ms. I also am really trying to focus on 4LW. I'd like to have a completed first draft by July, then the real fun starts. (I'm totally an editor at heart.) And Grace, well that will just have to figure out what it wants me to do with it. I have some thoughts, but nothing solid and I hope it doesn't end up back in my unfinished projects folder.

On a different note, we had a family trip to the bookstore last night and one of the books P got actually kinda makes me think of myself. The Very Busy Spider ... Very busy indeed. The other one she picked out was Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See?.

Me? I picked up a couple new books too, you'll have to stay tuned to my Recent Reads to find out what I picked up.

Okay, Happy Busy Wednesday!


Being Beth said...

Thanks for the color change. Easier to read.

I am not a Gemini, but I can't work on one project at a time either. I attended a conference a couple years ago and an editor sat next to me. He asked about my WIP, and I sheepishly told him I was working on five novels. He probed further and then asked "Why don't you pick one and finish it?" So, I went home and tried, for a several months to focus on one project. Made very little progress and about drove me nuts. I like to have an option about "who" I'm hanging out with on a given day, and what sort of story line I feel like allowing into my life. some of my stories deal with difficult themes and issues, and some days I just don't want to go there, so I work on something lighter.

I say do whatever works and whatever allows you to be the best you can be.

By the way, just wondering if you got my critique? You were traveling across the country when I sent it. I'm not asking for a response from you on the critique, just making sure you actually got it. If not, let me know and I'll resend.

ElanaJ said...

I think it's amazing that you can write more than one project at a time. I can write one and edit another, but can't write two different things at the same time. But I'm glad you can! Keep up the muse, whatever it dictates that you write.