Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Too Many Projects??? — IWSG (32)

If you are a creative person—or just a person in general—I'm willing to bet you have a long list of things you need to do. Things that *must* get done. But an even longer list? Well, I'm sure that would be all the projects you WANT to do.

As writers, we have to tackle the gazillion ideas we come up with every day. By tackle, I mean we first have to write them down so we don't forget, then decide which ones to prioritize. Which speaks to us? Which story needs to be told first?

We also have the ones waiting to be completed, revised, and edited. Right along with the published work that needs promotion. And speaking of, that means keeping up with your public persona: social media, blogging, newsletters, etc. All, while figuring out what your next step should be in order to improve your career and/or writing. This is where I'm at. 

I'm freaking out because I have many AMAZING things coming up. And that's great, because I mean . . . amazing things are great and all o_O But but but, that does also mean that some things suffer and take a bit of a back seat. At the moment, that happens to be my writing. Well, sort of. I'm definitely still writing, but it's taking longer than I wanted. 

So my insecurity this month is: as a creative person, is there such a thing as too many projects? Sure, they each have their own deadline. They're all important—and no, I'm not willing to give any of them up. But is it also something we cannot turn off? Like, I imagine we have to keep our "browsers" opened at all times, because otherwise, we simply cannot breathe. Is it a matter of balancing your "at home" life or rearranging your projects? 

As you can tell, I have no answers for anything. I'm just going about my life working on those that speak to my passion on a daily basis. They're all creative, and that's what matters to me. As long as I still fit my writing in there, I'm good. But how do you do it?

How do you prioritize your various projects and still have a life? lol

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  1. I have to pick and choose. I can't focus otherwise. I can work on a handful of things at the same time but not too many or else I get overwhelmed, and not in a good way. Good luck with all your projects!

  2. For the last two months I started and completed a new MS (a new age group and a different genre from what I usually write.)I could do that because I just concentrated on it. This month I'll be tackling a gazillion ideas (revising a few old manuscripts, completing a few book reviews and rewriting a few query letters).

  3. Forgot to say Good Luck with your writing projects.

  4. You know I have the same issues. I mean at the end of the day you do what you can and try to be happy with what you accomplish.

  5. I just let other things slide that aren't creative. But mostly, I can only focus on one or two things at a time. It's my nature. Any more than that and I confuse myself.

  6. Just like we're a hot mess with literal juggling, we're also a hot mess with the figurative kind. For us it's about organization. We both have projects we NEED to do, and projects we WANT to do. We just have to focus on the projects that are a must, and after that, if we have any free time (we won't) we can work on the ones that we want to do but aren't critical.

    Ultimately, there just needs to be way more time in a day. I'm thinking 30 hours per day minimum.

  7. What life?

    I had several stories I wanted to work on last year. So I combined them and will put together a novella of 4-5 stories instead.

  8. Sure it's possible to have too many projects! The trick might be to just pick one, one day or hour (or two) at a time. I say 'might be' because I'm still working it ;-)

  9. I bribe my muse to focus on one. Short projects are easier to bribe with than long projects for me. However, I have focused on this last long project longer than I have in the past. I'm still working on all that too.

    Happy Writing and Best of Luck
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  10. I wish I knew the answer! I don't have one exactly. Sometimes, things seem to balance, and then I realize that I dropped all the balls I'm juggling and I fall off the balance beam and stare up at the sky for a while . . .
    And then, I pick up the balls, stare down the balance beam and try again. That's it. No magic recipe.
    Hope you find some balance! (Tell me the secret if you find it.)

  11. My priorities at the moment, at least until school lets out for the summer, are babysitting my grand babies. I watch them 3 days a week with no time to write, except to hop on blogs and social media.(they don't nap at the same time)

    I'm kind of knocking my head against a wall because my shiny new 7k wip has lost its muse after I've been spending any and all my time editing my last book.

    I find I can have too many projects, not just writing, on the docket and I lose focus as to which one I'd like to tackle first. I need to concentrate on at least one. Good luck getting to all your creative projects. Have a great summer.

  12. I think whether the idea of "too many projects" is valid depends on your coordination skills. :)

  13. I hear you. And I'm there, too. I don't know how you juggle all the stuff you do, and still find time to add more when it's needed. Perhaps that's why you have insomnia . . . hmmm. People can say all they want about prioritizing and trimming down the number of must-do items, but the bottom line is that we're often not our own bosses, so at least a portion of those must-dos still must happen whether we want them to or not. If I can't have more hours in a day, then I'm pretty sure I need cheap labor to get these things done.

  14. I finally threw out 3 milk crates' worth of old unfinished projects. It took me like 6 years to realize they were not going anywhere, most of them were rubbish, and it was time to let go. Now I just have to tackle the other 3 milk crates....