See, rough drafts don't take me too long. I write fast with the understanding that the first draft is just fodder for the finished story. I then spend a lot of time fixing the story (replotting, sketching scenes, jotting down dialogue) before even attempting a second draft. Then I hone that piece until it is completed.
This is my first time taking the multi-project approach.
The Pros so far:
1. It gives my mind lots of options to focus on and, so far, has made my imagination more fertile.
2. I don't have a lot of down time. Normally, I have to take a week or two between drafts to focus and I usually fill the time with reading and/or a bit of light short story work. Now, I'm always busy.
3. I am not stressing over what comes next. Both novels I'm working on are the first in a series, as are the short stories, and I have at least two stand alone projects on the backburner.
4. Somehow, this isn't really overwhelming, just invigorating.
1. It's new and I am adjusing to having multiple stories going at once. This isn't bad, but there are some inevitable growing pains.
2. I fear the moment when I get obsessed with one story and the others fall away, only in the sense that I fear the passion for the other projects might not come back. This is a mild, "Did I leave the stove on" feeling and not and all out panic attack.
So far, those are the only cons. I have to say, I'm pretty excited and, if I don't have a meltdown, I think I may prefer to work this way from now on.
|Image by j4p4n. When you type "excited" into Open Clip Art, this is what comes up.|