I’m currently in the final stages of drafting my latest novel. It’s taken me a while to get to this stage, somewhere approaching a year now. I’m thoroughly enjoying writing it, and I have the last chapter and a half planned.
Sometimes, however, I find that I need to divert from working on it, but I still feel the need to be creative. My solution to this was to have more than one project on the go at once. I wrote a Star Trek fan fiction short story, which I published to a dedicated to a fan-fic site a month or so ago. At the moment, I’m in the early stages of a novel-length fan fiction based on the same characters as “USS Montgomery.”
It might seem odd to be working on multiple projects, as I am fully committed to The Body in the Building (which is actually a novel based on the same characters as my novella, “The Map in the Fortune Cookie“), but I find that allowing my brain to work on separate projects seems to give my subconscious more time to work out details on the other body of work. In that way, I become more productive on both concurrent projects.
I know that a lot of people prefer to have one thing going at once, then move on to the next project sequentially, but my brain just doesn’t seem to work that way.
Do you prefer to work on your projects serially or in parallel?
It depends. If they are my own projects – my own album – then I prefer to be serial. Otherwise, I worry that I water myself down and I won’t finish things.
When I have my Album, a Film, and someone else’s track to Mix, I have no dramas compartmentalizing them as each has a very separate story so they don’t overlap.
Something I do find is that I really miss making music when I don’t have an album of my own (or other projects that are music-making). I tend to still want to write but I know at that point, the material will not be great, so I try to focus on the tasks at hand (like artwork) but if I have to “scratch that itch” I try to turn that into a Video Tut or even a scrap to put on Pond5 (in hope it is worth something to someone). This way nothing is truly wasted.