It’s blog chain time again. To start off I would like to welcome several new members of our chain. Amanda, Rebecca, Cole (who actually started last month), Shaun(finally a guy’s POV), Bonnie, and Sarah. I am so excited to have them with us.
Terri started this chain with the following question:
Do you focus on one project at a time, or do you have many irons in the fire at any given moment?
On to the question…
I am a major multi-tasker. I learned how to multi-task as a buyer. I mean, when you need to juggle multi-million dollar buys, with merchandising, marketing and still meet a personal sales quota weekly – you had better get good at doing many things at once. When I switched careers and started practicing school psychology, I found that my skills at multi-tasking enabled me to do a lot more in that setting as well. I am able to coordinate projects, keep track of multiple cases, conduct professional training throughout the district and county, and handle both my counseling and assessment caseloads with ease.
Things are a little different with my creative endeavors. I have tried to multi-task with writing – focusing on a WiP and a different project for revising at the same time. Yeah…for me it doesn’t work so well. I do a lot better creatively when I focus on one thing at a time.
So currently, I am focusing on finishing the first draft of Lacrimosa. I have major edits to do on the Chaos trilogy – and I will. Once I finish Lacrimosa.
As for my NF project – that is a completely different entity. As are short stories. I can be involved in both of these things while working on my novels. I think it is because they are so different.
With short stories, I usually pound out a first draft in one sitting, let it stew for a few days, and then revise. It doesn’t take weeks or months – so I can take a day off from the WiP and focus on it.
The NF project is the same way. Because it relates so closely to my day-in, day-out job, I can work on it at any time.
Rachelle Gardner wrote a post in late June that tackled the idea of working on multiple projects at once so be sure to check it out.
And what about you guys? Can you handle many projects simultaneously? Or are you better focusing your efforts on one thing at time?