Wednesday, August 27, 2008

On writing

I'm curious... how many others work on more than one story at a time, and if so, how many? I tend to have two short stories in progress in addition to my 'great American novel', which is always under construction as inspiration strikes. I tend to read in the same manner as I write with several books at once. I currently have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo posted on my blog as the book I'm reading, and I'm also working through A Confederacy of Dunces, The Watchman, and A Treasury of Great Mysteries Vol. 2. Just like I can't read one book at a time, I would be hard pressed to construct a lone story until completion. Does anybody else work this way?

6 comments:

Bill Crider said...

I read one book at a time and write one book at a time. I get confused easily.

David Cranmer said...

Ha, I'm not saying I do either particularly well, but when something strikes for writing, I just have to get it down.

Travis Erwin said...

I have and currently am writing two short stories at once but the one time I tried to novels at once I ended up giving up on one.

David Cranmer said...

I tend to find that eventually one story begins to take priority until I've completed it and then I go back to the other one already in progress. I don't really have experience in writing a full length novel at this point so that may prove to be a little more difficult.

Laura K. Curtis said...

I tend to have one story going in the back of my mind that's not being written while I am actively working on another. At the moment, I have 20k words or so written on that secondary thing. I did it while I was blocked on the current work, which is at 75k at the moment. But now I am back to the primary story and will stick with it til it's done. So I don't know if that's really working on two things at once or not!

David Cranmer said...

Laura, I would think that's working on two stories at the same time! Very impressive word count you have going on. I have an idea notebook also where I jot down random thoughts as they pop into the old noggin.