Sometimes you’re in the middle of a writer’s block. It’s impossible to write something, no matter how hard you force yourself to do it. Sometimes, however, a different situation occurs. You get several ideas, and all of them are great.
Which one do you stick with? Is it a rule to choose a single one and abandon all others?
Creativity works in peculiar ways. If you leave most of those ideas for later, you’ll lose the mojo. The notes won’t preserve your initial enthusiasm. When you get back to them, you’ll have the memory that you were onto something great, but you’ll lose the sensation.
Who says you can’t work on multiple books at the same time? Who says you can’t follow the path your creative thought is trying to impose?
Now that is the kind of creative chaos that might work. But creative chaos might burn you out, so you have to be careful with the way you approach it.
We’ll give you the 5 most important secrets of writing multiple books at once. Without burning out!
#1. Write One While Researching the Other Book
If you’re not ready to write two or more books at a time, try this slightly milder method: write one while researching the other book.
This strategy will prevent absolute confusion.
You already know how to write the first book. Pick the idea you’re most excited about and start working on it. In the meantime, research all you could research about another great idea of yours. This may mean reading background books or research studies. It may mean learning some history or fashion.
The good news is that there are tons of online courses to count on.
This approach works well because the research gives you a break from the full-on focus on the first idea. Plus, you’re not allowing yourself to abandon another great concept just because you’re already working on a book. You stay inspired through the research and learning process. Don’t forget to take your notes! You’ll be getting more and more inspired as you progress.
#2. Pick Two or More Very Different Ideas to Work On
It will be tough to work on two dystopian novels at the same time. You’ll get your ideas confused, and you’ll probably make both books too similar to one another. Plus, when you get burned out on one of these books, it means you’re burned out on the other one, too.
If you decide to do this, pick different ideas to work one. When you’re bored with the romance novel, you can work on the dystopia. Do you see the difference? This may be the ultimate cure to a writer’s block.
#3. Don’t Lose Yourself in the Work
Writing a single book is hard. Writing multiple books at the same time? Well, multiply the hard by the number of books you intend to work on, and you’ll get the point.
This kind of work can lead to a serious burnout. We’re talking about a situation where you’re unable to write a single word no matter which one of your projects you decide to work on.
But, you won’t allow that to happen, will you? Finding a work-life balance is essential. So don’t neglect the other aspects of your life.
Working on multiple books means you’ll get all of them done, but you’ll need a more extended period for them. Take some time off when you need rest. Don’t forget about those long walks in the park. Don’t lose touch with your family. Don’t let life pass you by just because you got several ideas for books.
Engage in activities that make you feel good. Cooking, socializing, reading, practicing yoga… whatever you prefer. Writing is an integral part of your life, but don’t turn it into everything you care about.
If you have to finish that first book by a close deadline, you might want to keep the other ideas waiting. You mustn’t sacrifice your entire life just because you’re too creative.
#4. Keep Each Project at a Different Stage
This is one of the most important strategies for preventing burnout. When you start working on a book, you’re at a particular state of mind. The culmination gets you in a different state. Editing is a whole other deal.
If you’re working on a few books at a time, it doesn’t mean you should synchronize the stages. In fact, that’s precisely what you shouldn’t do. Start researching the second book only after you get a decent start on the first one. When you get deep into the first draft of your first idea, you can start writing the second book.
This method will release the pressure of each project. You won’t be developing the characters for different projects simultaneously. If editing gets you bored, you can work on the second project for some time. Can you imagine having to edit three books at a time? Oh, the horror!
#5. Use Different Background Music for Each Project
The same example again: let’s say you’re working on a romance novel and a dystopian novel at the same time. How do you set the mood for each project? It’s not just about the inner drive to write. External stimuli can get you in the right mindset. That’s where music gets into the picture.
The music’s tempo and mode affect your arousal and mood. Scientists proved that!
Beethoven can get you all romantic, and dark sci-fi music will set you up for the dystopian novel. There’s something about music that gets you in a specific mood. Find the right type of music for the books you’re working on, and use it when you’re switching between genres. You’ll notice you can focus better and faster.
Working on multiple books at the same time may sound like a crazy thing to do. Yes, it makes you slower at completing the first book. Overall, however, you’ll get more books published within a particular period. You’ll get to use your full creative potential, and you’ll stop neglecting great ideas.
It’s a challenge, but you can make it work!
Give all books a chance, will you?