In my head, it would be a piece of cake to write two different kinds of books as Judi Lynn. One in first person POV. The other in third. I even considered writing on the cozy mysteries Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then switching to the supernatural on Thursdays and Fridays. If I’m good–with not a lot of distractions–I can almost always write a chapter a day. And then, when I got a little bit ahead, I’d concentrate on the supernatural since it’s only going to be about 56,000 words. And when I finished that, I’d concentrate on the Jazzi books that have to be a little over 70,000. And then, I’d take turns. It sounded simple. It hasn’t been, but I need to switch things up once in a while. If I write too many of the same type of thing back to back, I get stale. So why not write a cozy and then write mysteries peopled by witches and fire demons?
Only it’s turned out to be a bit trickier than I anticipated. All sorts of things look good on paper. This was one of them. But I can’t be so neat and tidy about what I write. I forgot to add in writing promotion materials–character interviews, Q & As, etc. for blog tours. I forgot about days when everyone calls and wants to touch base on the same day, so that I spend more time on the phone than on the computer. Days when I spend more time on marketing or when the desire for a special treat tugs me into the kitchen to whip up something. And I forgot that every once in a while, my dear loving husband thinks we should have a day during the week when we should actually leave the house and do something fun.
Schedules are flexible. I have lots of things that matter to me, and writing’s only one of them. Even when it comes to writing, I forgot that it’s not so easy to jump from writing first person to third person without getting them mixed up. And boy, does that stand out when I go back to do rewrites.
So, I took my neat, tidy little schedule, scrunched it into a ball, and threw it in the trash. It made me of think of C.S. Boyack’s blog. He’s working on two books at the same time, too, but he bounces back and forth between them. I might give that a try and see what happens. He’s honest about his writing time, and somehow, that’s comforting. He has good days and bad days. Here’s a look at one of his blogs: https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/category/writing-2/
I have to accept that writing isn’t ever as organized as I’d like it to be. But then, what is? I’m still going to write two books. I’m just not sure how I’m going to do that. But I’ll figure it out along the way.
And while I’m at it, wishing you happy writing, too! Have a great March.