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Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m eager to get back to work on writing projects. The problem is, I’ve spent the past year or so on pretty strict deadlines, so now that I’m in the middle of a deadline lull, it’s odd to be able to choose what to write next. I sort of feel like this indecisive guy:
When I started considering what I wanted to work on, it didn’t exactly match up with what I probably should be working on. So I sent my agent a list of the different projects that I have in various stages (some are revisions, some drafts, and some are little more than vague notes) and asked her to help me prioritize.
Her input was exactly what I needed to help me figure out which projects make the most sense for me to focus on right now considering where I am with my projects under contract, what would fit into my “author brand,” etc. It was nice to get an outside, business-oriented perspective.
Of course, logical decisions don’t always work with the creative process. There’s one project, for example, that probably doesn’t make sense for me to work on now, but it keeps nagging at me, so I know I’ll keep tinkering with it. That’s just how it is. But it’s nice to feel like there’s some method to the projects I choose to work on (and in what order) instead of just winging it.
This is one of the funny things about writing for publication. You want both your creativity and your business savvy working together, helping you figure out how to best use your (often limited) writing time.
How do you go about choosing which projects to work on next?