February 17th, 2009
Spin the Bottle

The video has been edited. Now all that needs to be done is to have it uploaded. We’re getting very close. 🙂

I’m in the process of trying to determine what I’ll work on next. I still have to finish the vamp novella. I plan to do that today. Once I’m done, I want to go through a manuscript I wrote a long time ago to see if it can be ‘fixed’ enough to fit in the Blaze line. (It was originally written for that line. I just never submitted it.) I also have a paranormal that may fit the Nocturne line. I’d have to go through it, too before I even consider submitting it. This brings me to the new work. I have a few ideas that are starting to take shape. They aren’t completely formed yet. I’ll need to do some brainstorming for both, especially since they’re looking like series books. (I’m not counting the urban fantasy partial I’ve already sent my agent or the futuristic romance partials sitting on my editor’s desk. Those are separate projects.) It’s taking so long to hear back from publishers right now I figure I have time. *g*

This is where spin the bottle comes in. As much as I’d love to work on everything at once, I’ve found in the past I’m not very productive when I do so. The pros of working on multiple projects is that you don’t tend to lose interest. When one stops, you can pick up in the other. The problem I’ve encountered when I do that is I don’t seem to make much progress in either manuscript…which frustrates me to no end.

So how do you choose? Sometimes it’s as simple as laying out the projects on the floor and spinning a bottle. Whichever one the bottle points to is the project you pursue. I’m at that point now. I am really looking forward to working on something new. No matter what I pick, it’ll take a while to put the project together. Like I said, the ideas I have now aren’t formed enough to write more than a beginning. I have a lot of brainstorming ahead of me.

How do you pick projects?

14 comments to “Spin the Bottle”

  1. If I can’t decide what to focus on, I do a timed writing (10-15 minutes nonstop) on each, and whichever one I don’t want to stop on, that’s the one. 😀

  2. Charli, That’s actually a really good idea. Smart lady. 🙂

  3. I used to flip a coin, but then for the longest time, that didn’t work. Finally, after 6 months of debating, I’ve just decided that which one, and it finally came down to the one I just kept thinking about. It was always in the back of my mind, even when I was taking “time off”.

    Next time I think I’ll try Charli’s idea though. *grin*

  4. I like the eenie, meenie, minie, mo process myself. But I do like Charli’s method for choosing a project. Good advice.

    Good luck with finishing the vamp novella!

  5. I love having different manuscripts at different “stages” because each stage seems to require different brain synapses, don’t you think? 😉 Sometimes I’m in more of that technical “editing” mood, so I like to have something to work on there, then other times I’m in more of a “free writing” mood, so I like to have a project there, too. But I know what you mean about feeling like nothing is ever getting “done” this way! hmmm …

    I love Charli and Sasha’s ideas, though! You can even combine them! What if you write the first three pages of each book (separate days), then — whichever characters/situations are still on your mind when you’re falling asleep at night … those are the ones you’re most passionate about and will probably maintain your interest right now.

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you have brewing!

  6. Sasha, I’m so anal I would’ve had to go with the one that won the coin toss. *ggg*

    Charli’s idea rocks. 🙂

  7. Karin, I should’ve thought of that one. It’s an obvious choice. *g*

    Thanks! Off to work on it now.

  8. Laurie, I totally understand what you mean, but I can’t rely on my moods to guide me or I’d never finish a book. LOL! My ‘natural mood’ is lazy. Snort.

    Yes, I will probably do something like that in the coming weeks. I should be receiving copyedits for Crimson any day now, but once they’re done I’m fffffrrrrrreeeeee!

  9. Yay, more futuristics – am very pleased to hear they’re on your editor’s desk :mrgreen:

  10. Tez, Thanks, but she hasn’t bought them yet. In this economic climate, there’s no telling if she will.

  11. The characters’ voices in one of the two or three WIP’s I’m working on pop into my thinking process and I’ll write the scene. Many times I can’t leave the project until it’s finished after that happens.

  12. This probably won’t help you any, m’dear, but for what’s worth:

    I have a list of to do things, to which I add as necessary. Every morning I look it over, to try and determine what’s urgent vs what’s truly needed, and from there chose whatever it actually doable at any given moment.

    Clear as mud, huh?

    Good luck to you in choosing your next project!

  13. Bernard, The YA did that to me the other day. I stopped after the opening scene because I knew I needed to chart the book out.

  14. Azteclady, I do that when I have tasks to do. The writing unfortunately doesn’t fit into such neat lists. 😉