Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Multiple Projects

So I was trying to decide what to write next and there is two ideas which stand out from the rest. I've just finished outlines for both, and have begun to write the first chapter for each to see which one flows better. Truth is, I can't seem to put either to the side. Today I came to the decision to have a bash at writing both, maybe I'm crossing the line of insanity here, but I can't choose between them.

I know it can be done, Lorraine Nelson works on multiple projects at a time and I'm sure other authors do this too. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions so I can stop my character's personalities blending together? I'm doing okay just now, but later...well. Watch this space!

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11 comments:

  1. I have no idea, but if you figure out how, I'd like to know! I have only tried to work on 2 projects at the same time once, and I couldn't shift between easily. In fact, even recently when I tried to put aside the medical I started for the pitch and return to the re-re-renewed eWife, I dreamed about the Med Hero 3x in one night -- and I have never dreamed characters AFTER having made them up before. I would like to work on both, since I seem completely infatuated with MountainMan, but ... cannot!

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  2. Its always a plus when you love your hero. And Mountainman sounds interesting. Definitely dying to see what this story is all about. A medical in the mountains, sounds exciting. Hurry up Harlequin and 'call' Amalie ;o)

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  3. Ha! I know exactly what you mean. I have no advice to give other than to say good luck juggling the two!!!! xxx

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  4. No tips from me! I tried once, thought I had it nailed because I was writing both a sexy and a sweet. Surely the completely different tone would make it easy, right? Wrong! Good luck, I suspect it all depends on the writer in question, and it sounds like neither of your stories wants to wait - so you're probably one of those blessed people who can juggle two! Good luck :)

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  5. @Michelle, thanks. I guess its trial and error, so far so good.

    @Madeline, I hope I am! keep daydreaming about both stories so I don't have much choice at the moment. That may change the further I get though :o)

    xxx

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  6. heh, you can do this! Biggest challenge is going to be making sure they don't all climb into bed together (now there's a thought)

    Incy

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    1. Hahaha. Could you imagine my blush trying to write that? I'd end up having a stroke ;o)

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  7. Boy, I don’t have any advice on this one! Can you believe it? You know how I love to give advice! I have tried working on two projects at once before, but the two protagonists started to sound eerily the same! I think Nora Roberts does it though, with her romances and her J.D. Robb series.

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    1. I know, unfortunately having to put both to the side for the moment. Another re-write coming up I think :-/

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  8. I'm a plotter so I write out who my characters are. What experiences in their life shaped them. Snatches of dialogue. Turning points. It helps create different people.

    But, even with those tools I find it hard to live in too many head spaces at once. Not that I haven't tried, because I have. (That's not mentioning revising and writing a first draft at the same time.) But... lol good luck.

    So, my advice, write both and one will likely take off like you wouldn't believe. Follow that story and write it 'til the end.

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    1. I like to plot, and I like to pants. I think when I get back to writing these I'll need to plot a bit more so I stay on track.

      When I get these revisions (or re-write) done, I'll give the plotting a go. Hopefully keep me in the right stories. Then, if one takes off I'll go with it :o)

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