The Art Of Writing More Than One Book At A Time – Word Management
Perhaps it’s just the way my mind works, but I find it hard to concentrate on one thing for a long period of time. Somehow, the time slips away, but the productivity wasn’t the best.
I often have three books being written at one time—and by the grace of a good editor, they characters don’t overlap. Keeping my writing on track becomes a game of numbers and minutes.
Currently, I have three books going at the same time. One, of course, will have a release date coming quicker than the others. It’s the next book in my series. The others are companion books or a trilogy that I plan to release when all three books are done. So I start imposing some deadlines. I start with when I want the books done. How many days are there between now and then? My average word count is 55-65 thousand words. (I write contemporary series romance. I have 28 books. I know my style.) And simple math. How many words do I need each day?
I have three books being written, and each day the word count is met in a ten or twenty-minute window. Why? Because I’m looking at a few hundred words a day. A scene or two. Yes, I can crank out a book in two months easy. But when I break down a book by the day, I find that it’s not overwhelming, and usually, I write twice as many words than I set out to write.
You’ve heard the saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. Well, the same logic can be used when writing as well. Make it manageable, and it won’t overwhelm.
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