I’ve recently finished writing a short (for me) story. I need to go and work on something else for a week or two before I come back and give it the edit it needs (my critique group made some very helpful suggestions, but I need to figure out how best to implement some of them).
But what should I work on in the meantime?
I’m feeling torn by conflicting priorities. Part of me really wants to get Winterbourne 3 finished up, so I have time to let the characters “rest” a little before charging into Winterbourne 4 in November (for NaNoWriMo).
Part of me really wants to finish at least writing the faerie story I started two summers ago.
And then, after seeing a Facebook post from one of the editors at ElectricSpec wondering “where are all the steampunk stories?”–part of me wants to see if I can come up with a steampunk short story.
(As an aside: If you write sci-fi, fantasy, or horror stories in the 200-7,000 word range, you might want to check them out. http://www.electricspec.com/)
What to do?
I may take a week and have another try at writing a short story. If I still can’t get one to come in under 7,000 words, I’ll go back to work on Winterbourne 3 and try again once I’ve got that wrapped up. And then I can work on the faerie story between then and NaNoWriMo.
So many ideas, so little free time….
How do you set your writing priorities?
I’m supposed to have writing priorities? *sighs* I so fail at that. I write what’s working in my head at the moment, and shift projects often. If I’m blocked on one, I shove it on the back burner and try another, hoping that something will have a break through and words will flow. I look like an ADD writer sometimes, and probably am. Sometimes this works better than others.
What I have found, however, is that if I tell myself I can only work on ONE project until it’s done, I won’t write at all because I’ll get irritable and frustrated. So I can’t prioritize that way, unfortunately, which is bad for my managing to finish novels.
I hope you write that short. I can’t wait to read it.