A bridge over a beautiful waterfall

A bridge over a beautiful waterfall
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Writing Wednesday - WIPs...how many do you have?

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of projects that I want to work on. I've got an entire list of stories that I want to write, and I'm coming up with new stories on a regular basis. I have a running folder on my computer filled with half written story bits and notes for possible stories.

I have trouble just sticking to one story at a time. I usually want to work on more than one project. If I get bored or stuck, I always have another project to work on. The problem is I don't always go back to the first project until months later and by that time I've forgotten where I was going. So I'm trying an experiment this time around. I'm giving myself a time limit and I have to finish my first draft in that time limit.

I can't mess about with any of my other half finished manuscripts. I have to focus on this one. And it's hard. I'm used to jumping from story to story and I keep getting random ideas for other stories that I want to work on. But I'm standing firm and I'm going to achieve my goal of finishing this current first draft by the end of July.

That doesn't mean I don't have multiple WIPs though. Right now, counting the one I'm working on right at this moment, I have six stories that I could be working on. All of them are in varying states of completion. Two of them only have the first page written but I could always go and add some more to them, no problem.

How many WIPs do you have, and how do you decide which one you'll be working on?

1 comment:

  1. I usually have one main WIP, and a secondary WIP. Those are the two I'm working on seriously at the moment. Whenever I stall out on the main one, I'll write more on the secondary one. Usually I don't touch my other stuff until I'm moderately happy with both of those.