Friday, April 1, 2011

Multi-Tasking

While I'm going back and forth with my agent on edits on a manuscript, I've started something new. Some people may call this obsessive compulsive disorder. I like to call it dedication to my craft. Of course as I'm going hot and strong on my new work, I get revisions back on the other.

Priority is the edits, so I had to abandon the new one and go back to the first. And they couldn't BE any more different.

First: YA Fantasy set in a fictional historic place. Written in limited 3rd, past tense.

Second: YA Sci-Fi set in contemporary fictional place with elements of time travel. Written in 1st present.

Oy. What have I gotten myself into? It's not so hard to get back into the head of the character, but what is difficult is getting back into a different style of writing. What to do?

Well first, I went through the edits and re-read chunks of my manuscript. Then I didn't do any writing for a couple of days. Instead I thought about how I would incorporate the changes, and re-directed my daydreaming to manuscript 1. During the respite time, I also re-read some of a book written in limited 3rd past tense, to get myself accustomed to the style. When I sat back down to the computer, I felt like I had a good handle on what I was doing. And reversing back to the other, I used the same strategy.

Have you ever done this? Worked on two different things simultaneously? What did you do when going back and forth?

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