Sunday, December 12, 2010

Things I'm Not Good At, Number 1,375

Okay, yeah, I picked that number at random.

My lacking skill-set of the day is multitasking! I don't do it well, and it's frustrating me right now. I'm the kind of person who has to start a project, plow through it, finish it, then move on to the next project. I can juggle two if I must, but it makes me nervous and jittery and irritable.

Three is out of the question. Four is an invitation to lunacy.

So, what's the problem?  1) I am trying to revise a short story to either offer as a free Kindle piece or publish on my website for the New Year--it's set in the world of my New Orleans novels and I can't quite figure out how to wrap it up. 2) I still have 250 pages of the WIP to revise. (I don't know--is it a WIP if the first hundred pages are on a publisher's desk awaiting judgment day?) 3) I have a 12,000-word outline for a third book in the New Orleans series, but there's no rush on it since the publisher won't decide if they want it till we see how the first two do--except that scenes keep playing out in my head and I'm afraid I'll lose them. 4) And an unrelated story keeps knocking on my door, to the point where I finally had to let it in and write the opening scene yesterday.

I can't work on four projects at once, or my head will explode. Any tips for keeping odd projects at bay? Opiates, perhaps?

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you do have some multi-tasking to arrange. What is it Oprah says? Learn how to say 'no' to some things. You scatter too much and you'll just end up doing everything poorly!

    Good luck!

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  2. LOL. It's not a matter of saying no--they'll all get done. I just have to focus on one and tell my other characters to shut up for a while. I have started a notebook where I can jot down the general info when a scene for a non-active book pops in my head so I don't lose it forever!

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  3. Well, how 'bout 'not now!' instead of 'no'. Like kids, put the projects in line and make them wait their turn! ;-)

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  4. I'm the multitasking queen but I can't really tell someone else how to pull it off. For me, it's a matter of have to not want to.

    I also use a lot of notes to keep track of future projects. When the good stuff hits you don't want to lose it.

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  5. The only thing I can think of is what you're already doing- jot down notes about the other projects when they pop up.

    You could also try certain scent (candles) or music separate for each project ;). Both work with the sub-conscious and if you train your mind to work on a certain thing when the sound or smell is involved- it might be less likely to wander into the other projects ;).

    Consideing all that you do though- I'd say you're VERY good at multi-tasking! :)

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