Working on more than one WIP at once
Well, Camp NaNoWriMo will be over Sunday night. So far, I’ve written 25,7000 words out of my 25,000 goal. But one of my less tangible goals was to successfully navigate three WIPs simultaneously.
I’ve definitely learned some things about writing three WIP at once. Good things. For example:
- Working a little bit on three WIPs keeps you updated on each of them. I forget what’s going on in the other project when I focus on just one. But I’ve been able to make headway on three projects this month.
- I’m not doing the same thing for each WIP. For one, I am just writing a scene list. I did manage to hammer out a couple of scenes rough drafts for it, though. For the other two, I’m writing rough drafts or second drafts to incomplete scenes.
- In the future, I think I’ll focus 80% of my writing time on one project and split the 20% on one or two other WIPs.
So, I feel like working three WIPs went well for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ll probably tweak my process by going the 80/20 route. I have always found NaNoWriMo to be a way of honing my writing craft, and this past month has been no exception.
I came across some excellent videos on writing this past week, and I’d like to share them:
Show Don’t Tell
Reducing Word Count
Avoiding Mary Sues
Tips for Discovery Writers (Pantsers)
Writing Great Scenes