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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