Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Too Many Decisions

Okay, so for the last couple of days, I've been torn between a few works of mine.  First off, I'm in the midst of writing my 7th novel, and it's coming along nicely, but I'm also trying to finish off a polished draft of a synopsis for my 2nd mystery.  And in the midst of this, I had sent a few chapters of another finished novel of mine to a beta reader.  These came back, and I'm all fired up ready to strengthen the book even further.  I had thought it was already, but her insightful questions have challenged me to ratchet it up even more.  I love it!  I love the challenge of it, and know I can meet it.  The problem here people?  I only have so many hours in a day.  I also have a full-time job that sucks 40 hrs out of every week (of course I'm thankful to be employed especially these days).   I know the pressure's coming from myself, the internal voice barking to get everything done now.  Maybe you've found yourself in the same place?  Maybe you are currently?

I woke up this morning and decided this:  first thing in the morning, I'll write the WIP, during my lunch breaks, and later parts of the day, these are open for synopsis writing, editing, or sending off queries.  I'm hoping some sort of "schedule" will help.  The only thing is, sometimes I just feel like ripping my work apart, editing, and tightening a synopsis.  What if it happens to be morning?  How can I tell myself, nope, it's not the right time slot? Sigh.

Maybe I should just tell "the voices" (don't worry they're the ones all writers hear, no one tells me to do bad things lol) to hush?  After all, what difference does it make if I finish something next week, as opposed to tomorrow?  Or next month, as opposed to next week?  While I believe in the importance of self-imposed deadlines, I also believe these need to be attainable, or it's just a set-up for disappointment.

How do you handle balancing all your projects?