Growing Different Ideas Simultaneously (The Act of Writing Series)

Writing as a full-time gig means, to consistently write, always having multiple projects in the works, and ideally a bunch of ideas cooking in the background. No doubt, this can be a tricky thing to balance.
(I recommend lots of notebooks.)
Seriously! Idea dedicated notebooks have been so clutch. I even have a notebook just for random ideas. (Warning: I need a tote bag to go from one end of my house to the other.) I like to go the fancy notebook route, but composition notebooks work just the same. It can be challenging to know when an idea is ready for more, and how to grow it. I’m sure this is different for every writer, but for me, I need chew on ideas for a while. (Another reason juggling multiple projects is so essential.)
I came to a formula that works pretty well: Usually when a particular scene or character keeps coming back, it’s time to pull it out for further inspection.
I always write on paper first.—this is crucial for me. I need space just to create without bright-colored lines yelling at me and the distractions of the internet lurking in all four corners. I plan first on paper. I draft first on paper. And, I problem solve on paper. A benefit of having to type all that handwritten stream of conciseness is the built-in line-editing and structure reworking. I take pictures of the written pages, pull them up on my computer side-by-side on the screen with an open document and go to town.
I work surrounded by all my notebooks. If I start to blank out on a particular project, I’ll jump on something else. I like to think of it as world jumping.
One thing is for certain, believing in your own work is key. This gig is awesome, but rejection is part of it, for everyone. You need to care for your own back first. Turning raw ideas into published packages is a long and arduous journey, one that is best not to do alone. There is a reason why so maybe people say it; writing is a process. Getting rejected isn’t a reason to beat yourself up or slow down. Everything is a learning experience. No word written down is wasted. Everything you write about your character shines through, everything you accomplish as a writer (successful or not) becomes part of you as a writer.

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