“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
~ Gloria Steinem
Except maybe home reno projects.
One would think that working on a number of book projects in tandem would accomplish less than simply focusing on one piece at a time. Not so. Although, I speak only for myself. Allocating time for each book actually helps me to be more productive. By alternating between manuscripts, I am able to resume work on each one — with fresh (and critical) eyes. Nothing gets stale. And the manuscripts continually get refined, which streamlines the final editing stage.
That is my usual writing process. However, for the past few weeks, I’ve veered away from the regular routine, since becoming completely immersed in my book of short stories — Casualties of the
Recession Depression. I am so passionate and excited about this piece, that I can’t seem to switch gears. The result of all this writing enthusiasm is that I will have a completely finished manuscript imminently. By year’s end (think Mayan).
Yes, the turtle is reaching the finish line! (If my chronic bronchitis doesn’t kill me first). My desk is a sea of kleenex tissues and cough drops. My husband is worried that I may be coughing up my own vocal cords, but I reminded him that there are benefits losing my voice: Silence. See, the cup is always half full, never half empty!
Although —between you, me and the lamp post — he’ll probably miss the constant yapping.
Stay tuned …