Write More! Do More! Moooore!

I have a bad habit of overwhelming myself with projects. I try to work on multiple stories and usually end up scattering my brain because I’m going in too many directions. I know I need to write or edit one thing at a time, but my mind starts hopping around going “if we write MORE things though, we’ll have MORE things that will get finished quicker!” Only, that’s not really the way it works. I end up taking much longer to complete things than if I had just concentrated on one project at a time.

I’m sure there are some writers that can work on multiple projects and bring them to successful completion. However, I’m not like that–or, I haven’t taught myself to be like that yet–so the overbearing anxiousness to complete a bunch of stuff all at once is counterproductive for me. I’m dealing with that this morning, as I have several projects started and I’m trying to organize which one I’m going to work on when. The only thing it’s doing is making me feel overwhelmed and keeping me from writing anything at all.

I don’t know why I insist upon trying this route over and over when I know it doesn’t work for me. Maybe I think someday it will? Maybe I think my laziness and procrastination will magically disappear so I can create from the time I awake until the moment I go to sleep? Maybe I think I’ll actually stop being distracted by the TV, internet, and a million other shiny things and get more writing done? HA!

As I move into my self-publishing ventures, I find myself even more anxious. I thought the opposite would happen, that I’d feel more relaxed without the pressure of publisher deadlines. Instead, I realize I’ve put the burden entirely on myself to create and produce and I need to do so much. Write more! Edit more! More projects! I’m going to try to calm down and focus on one thing at a time instead.

There’s a million ways we make ourselves crazy as writers. Do you find yourself trying to do too much and overwhelming yourself?

Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

4 thoughts

  1. I do that. I can handle about three but I have to put focus more one than the others. The two are when I need a break or get stuck by working on something else it helps me work the other–sometimes when it works for me.

    However, I have taken to focusing on one at a time to get it done and finish because I struggle with that.

    Congrats on the self-publish adventure. Wishing you much success and since you already have a backlist I think you will surprise yourself. Maggie Shayne switched in the last few years and she says she was scared about it but has never looked back and makes more now than she did when she worked for Harlequin. You are going to soar.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit


    1. Yes, side projects are great for taking a break. Maybe that’s how I need to view it, so I don’t overwhelm myself.

      I’ve never heard of her, but I’m going to look her up now. Thank you so much for all the kind words and encouragement!

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      1. I have been following and reading Maggie since the 1990’s when she published her first book with Harlequin. My fave series of hers is Wings In The Night, also her first put out by Harlequin. I read everything she writes.

        You can read about what she says about her publishing journey here and her life.


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