World Building Wednesday: Prioritizing



Hey Space Cadets, how’s everyone doing today?  I’m good, I will finish Operation Breakout today and I’m super excited about it.  I’m already working on where book four will go, and I’ve some fun ideas.  We’ve tentatively titled book four Maternal Vengeance. For those of you who’ve read The Human Legion Series, you’ll see the culmination of a plot thread started by author Tim C. Taylor.  I’ve also submitted a short story to an anthology, as I’ve previously mentioned, and was invited to another anthology. I’ll tell you more about that as the details emerge, but I promise it’ll be soon.


Now, on to today’s World Building Wednesday topic, prioritizing your writing.  What do I mean by this?  Well, as creative people it’s easy to get distracted by the bright shiny idea. That next story, the next series can all pull you away from your work in progress and leave you starting millions of projects without finishing anything.  I try to resist this temptation, power through it, roll over it like it was the Maginot Line in the 1930’s!  Why?  Because I can’t send ideas and half-finished manuscripts to my editor and I certainly can’t publish them.


My solution, stolen from other authors who I’ve chatted with and writing podcasts I’ve listened too is simple.  Use your motivation for the next shiny thing to push you to finish your current work in progress.  Let the boredom with the current idea motivate you to be innovate and come up with ways to reinvigorate the story for your readers.  If it bores you, maybe it would bore them and you don’t want to lose your readers.


What about the rest of you out there in the Handley Trenches?  How do you prioritize your works in progress?  Do you write one project at a time, or are you one of those special souls who can write multiple projects simultaneously?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below, so don’t be afraid to sound off!



Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!  




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17 thoughts on “World Building Wednesday: Prioritizing

  1. “I will finish Operation Breakout today and I’m super excited about it.”

    *happy dance*

    Multiple projects simultaneously? Of course! I don’t do linear, one-thing-at-a-time thinking. For me, it’s a good way to keep the overall “uber-arc” of our stories moving forward even if I get stuck on the current WIP. We’d have to skip around anyway, since we want to publish our novels in chronological order regardless of which series they’re placed in. (EVERYTHING interconnects; it’s been that way from the beginning, even though we’re more-or-less making it up as we go along. Planned chaos, I guess you could say. Outlining by the seats of our pants.)

    At the moment (while I’m waiting for that other military sci-fi novel I’m supposed to copyedit), I’m trying once again to do something with the story fragment about one of the secondary characters from Project Brimstone (the novel we just sent off to beta readers a few days ago). The clone is working on his next (fourth and, alas, probably final — we’ll likely have to break with tradition and NOT do five books for this series) novel about Hrothgar Tebrey. But we also have “that novel” (as always) and a book my clone refers to only as “Max’s story.” And that’s just the stuff that’s in the immediate works-in-progress queue — I’m not counting Changing Magic, Seven for a Secret, or the novels with Daeren Drake as the main character.

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  2. Elizabeth Rose

    I focus on one thing at a time. Yes, other ideas percolate, but if I let them distract me, nothing will get done.

    If I find I’m getting bored with my current WIP, it usually means it’s time to cut what I’m working on and get to the “good” parts. No one wants to read the filler anyway.

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