I alluded to this in my post about enjoying summer break, but this summer I am working on two projects at the same time – or trying to. As it turns out, it isn’t easy.
I’ve blogged about the fiction project, so I’ll briefly mention the other one here. Again, it isn’t under contract (yet), so I will need to be vague, but it is a non-fiction work designed to be a “companion” for people who want to read the Bible cover to cover but are intimidated by the prospect of doing so. I’ll leave it at that for now.
Anyway, my plan was to go out each morning to write, spend the first 45 minutes to an hour working on this project, then shift gears for the remainder of the morning to work on my fiction project. Things started out fine, but increasingly, it’s been harder and harder to tear myself away from the non-fiction project in order to dive back into my new novel.
In a way, it’s the same problem I’ve always had, just a different manifestation. Ideas come more quickly than I can execute them, so there’s always a tension between persevering with the idea at hand and the next one coming down the line. The difference this time is that my ‘current project’ – the new series – isn’t under contract either, so the bonds holding me to persevere are weaker. I’ve rationalized working on both projects this summer because neither have been sold, and while I believe both are marketable, I have no idea which might might be bought first. It will be interesting to see which one does get picked up first, and what then happens to my time-sharing. If neither of them is picked up before the new school year starts and my writing time is reduced, I’ll have some interesting choices to make.