Controlling the Beast
With my previous post about a day where ideas wouldn’t stop rolling into my head, I thought I would do a post on how I keep myself on track with my target projects.
To be honest, it’s mostly an OCD drive to finish Project A. I keep a mental priority list going of things that need to be done.
Highest Priority: Get Current Major Work Done
Whatever the next step in getting my current major project completed it, I work on that. Be that plotting or outlining in the initial stages, the actual writing in the middle stages or paper-edits, working on feedback from betas or reviewing/applying edits from the editor in the final stages. Getting Project Alpha done is priority.
Priority 2: Next Step on Project B
While Project A is in the hands of beta-readers or the editor, I work on Project B. Currently that has been a collection of short stories that I want to release, both as standalones and a collection, alongside The Cerberus Rebellion. Same process applies here as above, get the next step done!
Priority 3: Next Step on Project C (if available)
Project C is listed as “Next Project A” in my mind. So when Projects A and B are completed and published, it will become Project A until completion. Ideally, Project C is related to Projects A and B (as when working on a series with associated short stories and novellas). Currently, Project C is the novella “The Battle at Broken Plains”. It is set in the Griffins and Gunpowder universe and is intended to be a standalone novel to fill the publishing gap between my release of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive.
After that, there’s a whole list of additional projects, but they don’t get any attention until Project C’s slot is empty and waiting for a new project (right now The Griffin’s Heart (a G&G novella) is high on the list as is The Hydra Offensive (the next in the G&G main-series).
I never let the list get empty, because that’s when chaos develops! With all of the projects floating around in your head, how do you keep them straight?