J is for Juggling

   Posted by: Faith   in Everything Else

Some writers are one-story people. juggle

Other writers can’t seem to focus on one thing at a time.

And others deliberately have multiple things on the go:

  • novel(s)
  • short story / stories
  • edits / rewrites
  • queries
  • blogging
  • critique work

How do you figure out what to focus on?

Or are you a one-story kind of writer?

I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle everything… I tend to write one novel at a time, but work on multiple short stories (though finishing them, or having them actually work the first time around is another story!). And edits? Well, those seem to be rather perpetual at the moment…

(Yes, I know I’m behind on the challenge! But I’m determined to catch up, one way or another… though that involves juggling multiple blog posts along with everything else… heh… o_O )

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8 comments so far


I rarely work on two projects at a time. Just seems like too much added stress. It can be hard to juggle, but I just prioritize. Focus on what’s most important. Let the rest wait – you can’t do everything all the time.

April 14th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

But I *want* to do everything all the time!!! ;)

April 14th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I generally work on one project at a time, but recently I’ve begun to think I might do well switching back and forth between two different projects. I haven’t tried it yet though, so I’m not sure how successful I’ll be ;)

April 14th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I like it best when I have the freedom to focus on whatever interests me at the time. ^_^

April 14th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I think juggling is part of a writer’s job description. we always have to juggle so many things–especially when we join blogfests like the a-z!

April 14th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I have many things on the go, and generally unless I have a deadline (which I do once a week right now, for the Chrysalis Experiment :D ) I will work on whatever I feel like working on. Though sometimes I do set myself tasks that I INSIST on finishing before moving on. i.e. my latest revision of Sundown.

April 15th, 2011 at 1:27 am

I tend to throw lots of balls up in the air… then watch them all hit the floor. I do juggle writing different stories, editing and blogging, but find when I stop and focus on just one, I’m a lot more productive.
Wagging Tales – Blog for Writers

April 16th, 2011 at 3:41 am

I guess I am one of those deliberately working on lots of things kind of writers. When my wheels start spinning in rut on one thing I work on something else for a while. Works for me.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

April 17th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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