No. This isn't about 50 Shades of Grey. I haven't read the books, and have no interest in reading them. Apparently, they fall under the romance category. Err . . .no. Not my idea of romance. Pop over to Maria Zannini's blog and read her witty post on 50 Shades. Well, after you've read my post. You can't escape that easy!
Last week, in Get your inky paws off me, you damn dirty writer, I asked for advice on tackling multiple writing projects and a never-ending stream of story ideas. As usual, everyone who commented left insightful and incredibly helpful comments. A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.
What I took away from those comments was that it is okay to be working on multiple projects if that works for me. However, at some point projects need to be completed. Books don't finish themselves, as much as we'd sometimes like them to do. I decided that the best way to keep my interest and finish writing books was to only work on a small number. After much deliberation, I reasoned three was the magic number.
My plan is to alternate between three projects on a monthly or two-weekly basis, with one project at the front of the queue to be published first. When project number one is published, I add a new one. Number two on the list moves to number one and so on. My hope is by alternating writing projects, I won't get distracted by shiny new ideas.
I hope that makes some kind of sense.
I even have a coloured chart for the next year, with three shades ...I mean three colours signifying time I'll be spending on each project. The word counts are optimistic, and it's not all writing. There are periods for editing in my plan, and only one project - a science fiction series - will be published between now and next June. The other two will follow later in the year.
So, what do you think? Madness or a workable plan?