So true! I used to slog it out on one project to the bitter end. But by the end of the seemingly endless revisions, my creative powers were, well, powerless! I was SO out of practice. Now, I remind myself that revising, is not writing. If I want my writing skills to be sharp and fresh, I need to practice. Daily.

The result is, I have several projects on the go. With current work-in-progress, Anywhere But Here (young teen novel) I’m at the beginning stages of revising, having recently completed the first draft.  Waiting in the wings, is a very rough draft of the beginning of a series I’m planning to write. I wrote this draft during NaNoWriMo and then went back to the manuscript I had been working on.  I have decided that I want to finish the major revisions of my novel before I get into writing a second draft of the series project.  So, I started writing scenes for an adult novel that has been rolling around my head for a long time. It’s a completely different style from anything I have attempted previously, but I’m having a lot of fun with it in these early “anything goes” pages.

Sound confusing? It isn’t.  It’s exciting.  Every day I write at least three pages of my adult novel, read through a few chapters of my completed manuscript and take notes on what needs fixing, and then curl up with a great book.

Switching projects keeps me motivated and enthused about my writing. I’m never bored and I never have writer’s block. Win! Win!

Happy writing!

Published by Lois Donovan

Author of historical time travels, THE JOURNAL and WINDS OF L'ACADIE, Lois is in demand as a speaker/presenter at literary conferences and young writers' conferences and teachers conventions. Lois grew up primarily in Riverview, New Brunswick, but has called Calgary home for many years. Currently, Lois enjoys life in Calgary with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law.


  • Pamela McDowell

    July 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply

    I agree with you completely, Lois, though I think it helps if simultaneous projects are very different, say non-fiction and a chapter book. I’ve had a little bit of difficulty if my editor sends me some edits on book three of a series, while I’m in the middle of writing book four. It can be tough to keep the timeline straight in my head!

    Have you tried to do the same with your reading list? A little while ago my goal was to always be reading three books at a time: something non-fiction, something market-related to whatever I’m writing, and something fun. This requires more reading than the 6 minutes before I fall asleep at night LOL, but it’s a good challenge.

    • Lois Donovan

      July 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm Reply

      True. It’s really confusing to work on my “series” novel and my current teen novel at the same time because I don’t want to merge the voices of the characters. I don’t have to worry about that while working on the adult novel.
      Great idea with the reading list. Sometimes keeping up with the reading can be a challenge but so worthwhile!
      Thanks for stopping by! I love your series by the way. Glad to hear there are more wonderful animal activist stories on the way!

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