do you work on more than one writing project at a time?

United States
September 20, 2009 10:00pm CST
I have several projects going right now. I am still perfecting a method of organizing my work. I may have found a way but am always open to learning new or adapting other ideas to my own. Do you work on more than one project at a time? If so.. please share how you keep them separate and organized!
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• United States
24 Sep 09
I work on multiple projects at once. It's not too hard and satisfies my urge for variety. Keeping them straight is critical though. If you don't do that, things start bleeding into each other. On my computer, I have separate file folders for each project where all research and drafts are housed. I can only edit in hard copy so I have a three-ring-binder where the projects are separated by tabs. When something is finally done, I create hard-copy files that are organized into bucket folderss. If a project has hard-copy research or notes going with it, those go in their own folders as well. For that I prefer fun folders like the ones kids use for school. Then I have time set aside each day to work on various parts of the process. Part is for writing, part for editing, part for submitting, etc. That way everything is in its place and there is a place for everything. It's the only way I can do it.
• United States
25 Sep 09
It sounds like you have a very workable system figured out! That's geat! How long did it take you to decide how to get it all organized? That was my big hold up!!
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• United States
29 Sep 09
It was a pretty organic evolution. As I began working more and more, needs required solutions. Thus, the system came into being. It's not perfect by any stretch, but it keeps me from pulling my hair out. The only problem is the filing. I HATE filing. Still, if one doesn't file, one begins to make the Mad Hatter look like the epitome of sanity.
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Usually I work on, at the least, two books at a time...and at most, three. They usually don't inspire or feed off of eachother, and are always very seperate projects. Keeping them seperate and organized isn't usually an issue, because there's usually a "mood" I get for each one, and I'm rarely ever inspired for both in the same evening.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
P.s. although I do keep rather disorganized notes for each, if that helps.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
That's great! I work on several projects at a time but most of them are shorter. Or at least have been until lately! They are also very different topics so that helps me keep them separated.
@cripfemme (7710)
• United States
11 Dec 09
Yes, I do. If I didn't, I think I'd be bored. A bored me, as anyone who works for me will tell you, is a very bad me if you are the unfortunate person who has to be around my boredom. However, in November I overbooked myself. I had four writing projects going on at once. I'm still slightly in recovery from that experience.
• United States
12 Dec 09
I suppose both can be equally taxing; boredom and scheduling too much! I usually have several going on too. I do hope to get better organized soon though!
• United States
24 Sep 09
I do have multiple projects going on at any given time- and honestly, it's not very organized. You'd be better off calling my process "chaotic". For the most part, I just work on whatever project I feel like on a given day. If I tire of it, then I move on to one of the other things I want or need to get done. Of course, that's only for projects that are optional, like all of my fiction pieces. If there's a deadline on these projects, however, my priority will be whatever is due first, no matter how big or small the assignment may be. Sorry; I do realize that that's not very helpful to you!
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• United States
25 Sep 09
lol! Sure it is.. it sounds like my "organizational methods' a few months ago! It's the whole reason I decided to get it together. I had to be portable though so I could write, like you said, on the one I feel like working on today!
• Indonesia
21 Sep 09
Nope, I don't. It will give a very difficult time to concentrate and seperate the main ideas. I have tried it for a few times because I thought it would save time to work more than one story at the same time. But it is not like that, and for me double work means double difficulties. So I'd rather finish the first story first instead of starting a new one at the same time. Everybody is different, anyway, but that method doesnt work for me.
• United States
22 Sep 09
You are absolutey correct, we are all different! I think it may also depend on the type(s) of writing we are doing. I write on several different topics so it's not too difficult to keep them separated. I also write for different purposes and audiences. I also do not write full-length books all of those are factors which have to be considered along with our own personalities and styles!
• United States
21 Sep 09
I always have several projects going at the same time, all on the computer. I have notebooks for jotting down ideas, but all the work is done on the computer. I have no problem keeping the projects separate, but I have a lot of trouble figuring out how to allocate time for them all and keep some from getting lost in the shuffle. I write articles for Associated Content, and usually create a folder for the current project, if it involves research. It holds the text file I'm working on and either the URLs or the texts of the articles that are my references. Once the article is finished and uploaded to AC, it goes in an AC submissions folder, and the references are deleted. I'm also working on several book projects, each of which has its own folder in Scrivener, my main writing program. Scrivener is one of those do-all programs that lets me keep outlines, chapters, notes, resources, etc. all in one place. It's my favorite program for serious writing, and without it I'd probably be completely disorganized.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
Hmmm.. I'll have to check out scrivner. It sounds like One Note might help you out. It's with Word.. which I use only if I can't find something else. I use Seriff a lot as I do a lot of desk top publishing. (Newsletters and such) I am trying to make One Note work for me but it isn't so far!
@peavey (16991)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I sometimes work on more than one project at a time but not always. When I have a big or boring project, I do other, smaller or more interesting things to break it up. If I do too many, I find it hard to concentrate and/or get back into it.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
It helps me to stay on task(s) when I am organized. Then I can work on one or the other of the projects. I can work on whichever is needed. I like your idea of doing smaller projects to feel like there were accomplishments before moving on to larger tasks.
@AnythngArt (3303)
• United States
21 Sep 09
I do work on more than one project at a time, although it goes against my grain. I am the perfectionist, do one thing at a time sort of person. With writing, you just have to adapt. I have an expandable plastic folder with dividers that I use to store notes and other material. I also have a bigger canvas bag with potential information that might be helpful someday. Finally, I use the computer folders to keep things organized. With all this, I don't feel very organized at all. Somehow it works. I'd love to hear how you do it. Good luck with your writing!
• United States
21 Sep 09
I just purchased an expandable notebook which seems to be working for me for now. The computer I don't have organized at all. I have looked at One Note but haven't yet found a way to use it effiectively. I tried to use a separate spiral notebook for each project but smaller projects didn't require all that and it was difficult using the large notebook to put them in. Right now the expandable is working. I am not real sure how I will store the projects when they are completed!Thanks for your input.