A couple of days ago, I decided to take stock of why I’m still struggling to get anything out for sale in 2013, despite writing my arse off for much of this year. When I realised just how many projects I’ve got on the go at the moment, I truly understood the depth of the problem I currently have. I’ve literally been writing myself to a standstill, ironically by jumping around from project to project like a kid with ADD on pharmaceutical-grade speed.
This has to stop. And it will from today.
The list as it stands (as projects are finished they get a line through,
like this): Bone Breakers – novella (currently in final edit stage – want it to be ready for a July 1 Kindle launch)
- The Glasgow Grin – novel (three quarters done, needs more work)
- The Green Eyed Monster – short story (prequel of sorts to Bone Breakers – 2,000 words in)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Billingham Forum – novella (first draft, badly needs a second draft)
- Parked Cars – short story (2,000 words in and nearly finished, just needs to be typed up and polished)
- Bangkok Bound – novella (2,000 words in)
- Laughter in the Dark – novelette/novella (3,500 words in)
- Cry Tomorrow – novella (6,000 words in)
- Last One’s The Charm – short story (250 words in)
- The Gods Won’t Save You (AKA Hell’s Waiting-Room) – novella (800 words)
In addition to these are several other projects without titles and without any idea of what they are and where they’re going.
As any sane person can see, there are far too many projects here to juggle at once. My creativity at coming up with ideas and starting them with a roar of concentration is a good thing. The fact that this concentration peters out when another idea pops into my head is not.
So, from today, and in numerical order, it’s one project at a time (or two, if I’m editing, but no more than that), and each project will be seen through until the draft is finished. At which point the next project on the list gets its turn.
Any new ideas get sketched down (and I do mean sketched) and added to my Evernote account, and dealt with as soon as I can reach them, not before.
This is the new way. Now let’s see if my productivity picks up.