The Juggling Act! On Managing Multiple Projects

By Bonnie RandallPart of The How They Do It SeriesJH: Keeping up with multiple projects can leave a writer’s head spinning. Bonnie Randall shares tips on how to manage and organize your writing projects.A recent hit by Luke Combs is called “When It Rains It Pours” and YOWZA! That’s been my theme song lately. I have a paranormal fiction programme on the go, a series of children’s journals that’s garnered a bid from a mainstream publisher, a consultative engagement with a Traumatic Response organization who’ve contracted several sections on COVID-as-a-traumatic-event from me, and if that wasn’t enough, two complete stories for a’ drama-edy’ series I’ve been writing reached me out of the clear blue sky this past weekend. Oh, and I write this column formerly a month. How am I attending to all of this? How can I keep track of all of this? Well, I certainly won’t profess to be an expert, but I will share what has been working so far, as perhaps some of these tips will work for you too. 1. Organizing My Time Gone are the days of writing what I crave, when I want. These days I triage, applying the following formula: What Has A Deadline? If a deadline–or multiple deadlines–are involved, they reached my dockets; electronic, and on paper, and development projects with the nearest deadline takes priority over all…even if it might not be my favor piece to write. TIP: When you are writing something you have to write instead of something you want to write, make sure to set aside time in your day( even if it’s simply 15 minutes !) to devote a bit of space for the project you are most passionate about. That could signify slamming out a quick-witted incident, a rapid exchange of dialogue, or even simply a wee bit of research or vision-boarding( which I will speak to momentarily) for that project. Why do this? Because after a hard period at work we need a reward–in other words, after writing what pays the invoices, our brain deserves a jolt on its reward pathway that helps it to remember why we love to write in the first place. It prevents us engaged in the ship, and reminds us that writing is an exercise that renders us rejoice. What Programmes Are The Money Makers? Perhaps you don’t have a deadline, yet know that one of the many articles you’re working on will generate a bit of the green stuff. For me, those projects take precedent over any others because just like writing for joy is its own reward, writing for money is not too shabby either. Which Project Am I Most Passionate About? Third on the triage is the project I am most passionate about or feel most’ in the zone’ of. If there’s’ flow’ when I’m in that setting or to those used personas, that’s what’s going to generate the most pages, and research projects with term counting is a project closer to not only completion, but also to being off of my’ to do’ list wholly. ( Here’s more with The Art of Juggling Multiple Writing Projects )2. Organizing My Material Time is one thing. Research , mentions, backstory, panoramas and, visual cues…those are quite another, and when multiple projects are on the go, things can get fairly’ Post-It Tone Exploded In My Office’ in quite a hurry. Organizing substances is key–not just to keep all the stories straight, but likewise to save me time when I am drawing the record on any one particular story or clause. Here’s some of the methods to my madness: One Daytimer To Rule Them …. Yes, I mean old-school daytimer, and yes, that intends pen and paper. I have one daytimer that is for writing ONLY. Deadlines “il be gone”. Daily wordcounts for specific projects go in there. Thoughts for where or what the hell is research–also in there. It is my project Bible that maintains my parts present and accounted for. TIP: I mentioned daily wordcounts. These are important because they don’t merely render visual evidence of accomplishments, they likewise serve to light the brain’s reward pathway up–for even a wordcount of 100 words is an accomplishment compared to no words at all, and the psyche is CRAZY for accomplishments–just like a puppy getting a Beggin’ Strip. So keep your’ reward tank’ filled by always noting word counting. Over time, it will also help you track of which day of the week, period of the month, or seasons of the year are the most( or least) productive for you, and that builds some powerful revelation into your own process. Colors: Whether you use an electronic filing structure or a retro newspaper structure, colours are crucial. EVERY project needs its own, specific color–and every scrap of paper, clause, roll of hyper-links…all of it needs to be swiped with that project’s color in order to help keep you from starting “This article is about mulching flowerbeds in West Virginia! What’s it “doin ” my Transylvania locusts pile ?! ”The brain very quickly assimilates color-to-assignation That’s why coloring is such a helpful strategy in allowing material to be sorted rapidly or encountered readily. So never start a project without immediately ascribing it a colour. ( Here’s more with Why OneNote is One-Derful for Writer )3. Re-Orienting Cues Beyond mere organisation, one of the trickier things about simultaneous projects is re-orienting your’ head-space’ from one to another–especially if you write multiple genres; fiction to non-fiction, paranormals to literary pieces. It can feel wildly disorienting when I move from the childish verses of my board-books back into the grim, paranormal world-wide of my romantic hero and heroine. A couple things help me: Playlists: Simply like every project needs a color, every project likewise needs a playlist…or at least a theme song. Music is a powerful vehicle to pull forth memory( merely reek/ scent pulls forth a remembrance faster than music ). So something I do to get’ back into the groove’ of any one particular project is to queue up its playlist. Vision Board: I mentioned this earlier( and you thought I forgot !). Vision boards can be detailed or simple, elaborate or plain. They can be paintings tacked onto poster-board or an electronic file of photos on your telephone. Any and all ways you curate them, vision boards offer visual cues that region you into your job. So is there a pic of a coffeehouse that resembles the one your attributes barter gab in? An actor who resembles your leading man or lady? A scenic shot of the geography where your story takes home? Those are the types of pics for your vision boards–a place you can’ go’ to re-immerse yourself back into your job. Okay! Whew! That’s all I’ve got. Now it’s your turn: what tricks or tips did I miss( or might I not even only knew) that you’d like to share that can help us all manage our multiple–and sometimes wildly eclectic–projects? Fire Away! Bonnie Randall is a Canadian writer who lives between her two favorite places–the Jasper Rocky Mountains and the City of Champion: Edmonton, Alberta. A clinical adviser who scribbles fiction in notebooks whenever her day occupation permits, Bonnie is fascinated by the relationships people develop–or covet–with both the known and unknown, the romantic and the arcane.Her novel Divinity& The Python, a paranormal romantic thriller, was inspired by a coldnes day in Edmonton when the exhaust rising in the downtown core appeared to be the buildings, releasing their souls. The series is still on her newest freeing, Within the Summit’s Shadow.Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | About Within the Summit’s ShadowHE’S HAUNTEDAndrew Gavin knows he’s a teach wreck. Before he even became a detective, Andrew’s firstly trauma–at merely seventeen–occurred when he evidenced a gruesome suicide. Ever since, a hallucination he calls The Dead Boy appears when his anxiety spirals too close to the edge…HE’S HUNTEDGoaded by The Dead Boy, Andrew shoots and kills an unarmed teenage bully in what appears to be a fit of violence. Suspended from the security forces, and awaiting a possible slaughter accuse, he withdraws residence to the Rockies. There The Dead Boy scoffs him daily. Except…HE HUNGERSElizabeth McBrien, the childhood sweetheart he despised, is back home in the mountains too, and startles Andrew by uncover that she too realise The Dead Boy. Astonished that the spirit is not a hallucination, but real, Andrew is further disheartened when he learns that The Dead Boy has’ befriended’ Kyle, a gravely ill child Elizabeth adores.Now it’s specter vs. cop in a race to save Kyle’s life, and The Dead Boy insists that Kyle’s survival hinges on secrets Andrew holds about that long-ago suicide. Yet Andrew knows the entire truth will destroy him, and likewise exterminate any brand-new luck he may have with Elizabeth. But they are running out of time; Kyle is dying, and The Dead Boy is ready to sacrifice anything in order to be allowed to to once again walk among the living…“Within the Summit’s Shadow is a paranormal intrigue unlike any you’ve ever read. Set in the resort town of Jasper amid the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, this novel blends adore, mystery, and a continue, profoundly psychological, very personal haunting. Randall really delivers the goods with this one.”Amazon | Barnes& NobleWritten by Janice Hardy.

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