Balancing Multiple Writing Projects

I am a writer who likes to keep busy by working on multiple writing projects at once, and while it sounds daunting (and sometimes is) if you manage your time and energy correctly, you will be amazed at how much you can get done.

Devote One Day to Each Project

While you can spend a day on two or even three projects, you will not get much done. However, if you focus on only one project per day, you will get so much more done and faster too. For example, I am currently working on two short stories and outlining my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I don’t work on everything each day. Usually I will work on one short story and then the other the next day. Sometimes if I finish what I need to get done that day though, I will finish off the day by doing a little bit of outlining but I will devote an entire day to outlining some other day.

Have To-Do Lists

This is so, so important because since you are balancing multiple writing projects, you want to get as much work as possible done each day. You need to have a list of the things you want to get accomplished and then go through that and make sure you check every single one off. I recommend not going too crazy when it comes to your goals for the day and stick to around 3 smaller goals and 1-2 bigger ones. If you start reaching too high than you will feel unaccomplished by the end of the day and start losing confidence in whatever projects you are working on.

Set Timers Throughout the Day

When you spend the entire day on a project, the last thing you want is to get burned out. I recommend setting up timers throughout the day so when they go off, you know it is time for a break. Personally, I like to work for 45 mins-1 hour at a time and then have 10-15 minute breaks. Having around an hour to work just lets me get a lot more done and when I finish each session, I feel like I have deserved that 15 minute break.

Those are my 3 biggest tips when it comes to juggling multiple writing projects, but this really goes for all types of projects. Good luck with your projects and I hope you found this helpful! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo #3

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