Can You Write 2 Books at Once?

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Hello All! I hope everyone is surviving. This past month has been one of the hardest for a lot of people. I’m barely keeping my head above water. We all must keep fighting and striving. There’s nothing else we can do.

This piece is going to be short because I’ve put my poor brain into overdrive. I’m filled with creative energy, but I’m also draining all the energy daily. I’ve heard that being mentally drained can be just as bad as being physically drained. I agree with that sentiment.

I’ve been writing my thriller and discovering a lot about myself in my main character. I’m not going to mention her name because I may change it before publication. I’ve been sticking to a weekend writing schedule for the past month. I’ve been busy writing, fixing, and structuring – then WHAM! I got hit with a flood of emotions and memories from my past, and the stories just kept coming.

I had no choice, but to succumb to all these ideas swimming in my brain. I had to release them, so a new book was born. I didn’t get shiny idea syndrome where you consistently start and stop new projects. I’m still writing the thriller, but this new project is so interesting. In this project, I’m really delving into things that I know about: love, divorce, loss, and betrayal.

A new project seemed like an overwhelming task to take on. My plate is already quite full. I work full time and looking into going back to school this year. I’m also working on designs for a merch store that should be up on my website this spring. I’m what the young people call: booked and busy.

Can a person really devote all their time and energy to 2 books at once? I thought of Tyler Perry and Shonda Rhimes. They’re constantly writing scripts in addition to running shows. I realize I have a long way to go before I reach their level. It’s even harder when you don’t have a team of people working for you. I’ve come up with some tips if you find yourself being flooded with other ideas while you’ve got a project going already.

Protect your energy.

It is draining enough to work on one project let alone two, so you must be mindful of your energy level. Don’t work until you’re so exhausted you can’t think straight. You need to stop working if you experience glossy or twitching eyes and headaches. I normally wake up filled with ideas when I allow my body to rest and recuperate.

Make sure your projects don’t fall flat.

If you decide to take on more than one project, make sure you’re putting in the effort. Your readers will know you didn’t put your best ideas into your work. The story may start off as a page turner, but then the story may lose its spice midway through.

Let it go.

Some ideas may seem great in theory when you first write them. You might’ve gotten off to a great start, but now you are starting, stopping, and constantly restructuring the story. The new project may be moving along more smoothly, and you may be more excited to write it. You may need to let the old project sit for a while and focus on the new project. You can always revisit the old project later.

That’s all I have folks. May you continue to push forward with your goals despite adversity.

Have a great week!



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