I completely agree. I can never work on just one thing or I get bored to tears, and it shows. Try it and see how you feel. The worst that can happen is you learn more about your working brain and what it prefers. :)
I say just write. Follow where your heart takes you. One will likely pull harder than the other and will take most of your focus so be sure and jot down good notes for each. Have fun!
I've tried, but never been able to work on several manuscripts. The off-time--when I'm not writing, but continue to work on the story--is too chaotic for me. I admire those who can do it. Robin
I agree with Tanya. I have two novels so far in my series and about to start on the third. For awhile, I worked between both the first and second, and at times one did pull harder than the other. Let your creative juices take you where you most desire to write and you'll find your voice flows into that writing much easier than forcing yourself to work on a project for the sake of getting some writing done.
I'm not sure if it's good advice, because right now, I have 3 different books in my head that I'd like to work on, but I suggest one at a time. What I'm trying/planning to do is write down my thoughts on all three as they come to me in my notebook, but focus on getting one project done before working seriously on the others. I just hope that I can keep up with my notebook and all those ideas will still make sense when I come back to them.
I'm a decent multi-tasker, but too many thoughts seem to hit me at once, and I can do all of them justice. I'd rather (at least try to) give one my undivided attention so that I can end up with the best finished product possible.
I guess we all kind of come up with the same suggestion is write, write, write. It's just hard to know when to and how much to write on any of these various projects.
And why do you think you full-length book was horrible?
Well, I was in high school when I wrote it, and I had no concept of plot or character development going on. Plus, I was really into auto-racing when I was a teenager, and wrote it as a NASCAR romance. Trust me, it was really bad.
Oh wow. I've tons of old stories from those days. That is, if my mom didn't toss them out during one of her random "go through my daughter's stuff" days. And hey, you never know. You just might have had a hit on your hands. But I get what you're saying. I'd likely cringe at most of the stuff I wrote back then. I'd like to think I'm much more polished now, but who really knows?
Was it anything like Talladega Nights? That movie was hilarious, although technically, it wasn't really a romance, was it?
No, but maybe if it were more like Talladega Nights it would be better, lol.
I work on two novels simultaneously. One is a romance, the other one a young adult.
But with the promotion of my first self-published novel, my family, my work, not much gets done. There are never enough hours in the day. But that's allright.
For me working on more than one WIP at a time is a good thing. Right now I am working on three things. Although they all have a legal twist they are in different genre...mystery, romance and ya. I don't know if I could write more than one thing if they were more similar.
I don't have any set rules though. I don't deliberately work on them EQUALLY, I work on the one that moves me at the time. But I do seem to work on each of them about equally, it just works out that way.
However, I do have a lot of fun. ALL my stories take place in the same fictional town, NEW GRACE, SOUTH CAROLINA. So the attorney that shows up at the end of TRANSFERRED INTENT, is the same attorney who was the enemy than partner of the MC in In the Defense of Another. The 2MC in Daniel's Law is a detective in Reese Millridge and the Dead Man's Wife (no where near as prominant) The park where the children play in TRANSFERRED INTENT is the park where a secret meeting takes place in Daniel's Law. What can I say, IT'S A SMALL TOWN.
I suggest trying and seeing what it does for you. Not only am I working on 2 novels at the same time, but I'm writing short stories as well. I can't work on one at a time because I get bored. As it is, I have already written 2 novels (unpublished) and am writing the third, all part of a series. The first novel is getting an editing overhaul while I still work on the third. (I write everything by hand at first, so it helps having something digital going on to share with others.) I have just finished writing two short stories, and am going to work on revisions for a couple I already have done. See, can't keep myself focused on one.
Experiment, and see where that takes you.