How Having Multiple Projects Is Beneficial To Your Writing
Every have a day when you didn’t want to be at work?
It’s not that the tasks can’t be accomplished but more that your heart isn’t in the job at that time. Your co-workers say you need a break and the self-help articles recommend getting away temporarily.
Writers have the same issue!
There are days when you don’t feel like writing and need a break from your manuscript. Although if you want to be a professional writer you need to get your butt in the chair and put words down on the paper. So, should you force yourself to create sentences or do you allow yourself to take a sick day? The answer lies in the middle.
This is where having multiple projects is the best solution!
Some writers will say you need to focus on one title at a time although there are sounds reasons for not following that logic.
For most authors and writers there are tasks to do other than working on the current draft of your main work in progress. You have social media posts, email replies, website updates, flyers to create, queries to send, research to perform, etc., While this may be sufficient to give your mind a break, having a backup title to work on offers another avenue of digression. All these items allow you to spend time accomplishing something useful and productive while giving your brain and heart a break.
There are other reasons to work on a side project or support task than just to address your mental flu:
- You’re writing needs to rest.
Much like a good steak or roast, the meat needs to rest after being taken off the grill and relax before it’s ready to be served. You need to step away from your writing in order to refresh your view and perspective.
- Your writing environment isn’t conducive to your main project.
There are times we can’t be at your usual writing work area, or choose not to be. And being away may make working more difficult or put our frame of mind in a different and non conducive place for our main project but oher areas may be suitable for alternate projects.
- Moving between topics and or genre can create new and creative ideas for all projects as well as refocus you.
When your mind thinks on an alternative idea it may use a differently part of the brain which can provide new concepts for other projects.
- Moving between projects helps your mind to stay creative.
If you work on the same project all the time your mind becomes overly focused, narrow minded and dull. Expanding your thought process can make your ideas more creative with a wider breadth.
- Fresh perspectives help your sanity.
Monotony leads to boredom which can produce uninteresting writing. New views can keep you thinking clearly.
Here’s a firsthand example. I should be writing this article on the writer’s conference I just attended but my heart wanted to cover the topic of working on other projects. I think I see a pattern.
So, if you want to know about the NEOCWC’s event come back next month!
Remember to keep your writing lively with periodic changes in projects, tasks, or environment.
How do you stay motivated and keep your writing fresh?
Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series, Short Stories from the Long Links, and other titles has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@AuthorRichardETodd.com and follow him on social media and at www.AuthorRichardETodd.com ✍ and www.TheGolfRules.com