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!