I’ve always been fond of the word “focus”. In fact, it was one of my eldest kiddo’s first words. My chest nearly popped with pride. My vocab is constantly littered with phrases like ‘one thing at a time’, ‘first things first’, ‘finish that before you start this’ and so on and so on ad nauseum. If I were a horse, I’d be begging for blinkers.
Life seldom dishes up what we want though… At this stage, I feel like a schizophrenic apple tree that keeps producing fruit salad.
More and more, I’ve found myself the victim of the strange malady, multi-writing. So much for focus. It’s as foreign to me as an ice cap to a surfer. Kid’s stuff, quizzes, humour pages about cats, spiritual stuff about dancing… it’s all become a big mushy stew in my synapses. If I’m not careful, I’ll have a praying zebra doing pirouettes, a cat doling out dating advice and some other written mutants raging rampant from my fingertips. *shudder*
So – do I split my brain in sections?
Or maybe assign a day a week per genre?
Do I write in order of the hungriest deadline, or follow the sweet lure of inspiration…
Multi-writing. I can’t beat it into submission, can’t shoo it away with a stick. I’m going to have to make it my best friend. Methinks that is the best way of being a fruitful writer.
So how do you guys manage?