I’m well on my way on another of my novels-in-the-works process. The TE-55 book is now three chapters in, with the fourth and fifth well brainstormed. My plan is to focus exclusively on this novel through chapter ten, then skip from one to another of the other three.
Why work on more than one novel at a time? Although this might not be a workable process for everyone, for me the ability to continue to write while allowing space between projects helps to keep things from feeling stale. For me, working on another project, while I set one aside for a week or two, helps that subconscious part of my brain percolate ideas for those projects.
It was my passion for short and flash fiction that helped me recognize this distancing process as beneficial to my writing. Almost invariably, every time I sat down to compose a new short work my brain seemed to find ideas for other works. One story often led to two or more totally unrelated pieces. The same is true with the novels.
Many writers have recommended setting a draft aside for some period of time and return to it later. This distancing process is much the same thing, only instead of taking a break from writing you shift gears to another project.
If you feel your current project bogging down or have another you’re itching to start, give distancing a try. If it doesn’t work for you, you can always set one of the projects aside until the other is finished.
Words, words, words–Get them onto a page!
(Disclaimer: Wrote this on a phone with teeny-tiny virtual keyboard, so typos and misspellings may have seeped through.)