Two Is Better Than One

I like to work on two writing projects at any one time, but the key is they have to be in different stages of development. I never write two rough drafts at once. I never work on two revisions or two rewrites at once. It’s nice to be writing the rough draft of one story and doing a revision for another.

Here are the reasons why I recommend this method:

1. If you’re stumped on how to proceed with one project, work on the other.
2. Ideas that don’t work for one project may work well for the other.
3. You’ll feel more productive and chances are, you’ll accomplish more.
4. Two projects = more chances to be inspired.
5. Feedback on one project may help enhance the second project.

Would this method work for you?

20 thoughts on “Two Is Better Than One

  1. I’m working on several projects at once-unfortunately, none of them are out of the rough draft stage!

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  2. Interesting. I did this once, working on two stories at once, and it was hell (well, it wasn’t that bad — but it was definitely heck), but I think my mistake was that I was at the same stage with both of them. You’re right, that doesn’t work.

    I’m usually writing one story and making notes for two or three others at the same time, and I’ve had it happen that an idea for one story can end up in another.

    It reminds me of the Marx Brothers. Their first two movies were made in Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, and each time they were doing a different show on Broadway at the same time. So, they’d film all day and then go perform at night. And there were times that they would come up with a joke on stage at night and then put it in the movie the next afternoon.

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  3. I’ve always done one project at a time. But I’ve been attempting to work on two this year. While I’m revising/rewriting my series, I am also planning a brand new story. So far I haven’t hit any major problems. Though I am a little stuck in my planning. Actually writing more than one story at a time for me is definitely too much for me to handle.

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  4. Good point about not being in the same stage. Hmm … I kind of am in the same stage with some of mine, but since I have more than two ongoing projects, I think it’s all right.

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  5. I used to be a strictly one-project-at-a-time girl. But I realize that the current WIP needs some breathing space. Just for a month. In the meantime, I’m following random story ideas, journaling like a mad thing (maybe like a Maggie Madly Journaling), and whatever else catches my eye. It’s like I’ve been monogamous for so long, and now it’s time to jump into the dating pool, and it’s actually fun. And a little scary.

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  6. You are absolutely right: 2 projects at the same time is better than one for me, my effectiveness is pushed to the maximum.
    More than 2 at the same time is not good:
    1- You will get lost switching between them
    2- You will loose time to remember what you did last in each project
    3- There is a great chance you will not finish any of them 😀

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  7. I’m glad you chose this as one of the 7 links ~ it’s great advice for writing (or life). Never put ALL your eggs in one basket . . . in case the bottom falls out.

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