Scott D. Parker
I celebrated a big accomplishment this
past Wednesday: the Consecutive Writing Streak reached 100! I have
written every single day since Memorial Day (27 May), amounting to
177,000 words. I think we can all do the mental math to arrive at an
average of 1,770 words a day. I don't consider that a bad thing since
the bulk of June (24 days) was spent writing less than 1,000 a day, but
the bulk of July (28 days) and all of August were spent writing more
than 1,000. I'm proud of myself, which is kinda funny. I mean, think
about it: a writer is proud that he's written. Big whoop, huh? But I've
spent so many years *not* writing that actual writing seems so joyous.
had characterized my writing this summer has been the monogamy. When I
pick up a project, I write on it until I'm done. It's been a great
single-minded approach. It's likely been one of the reasons why the word
count was able to flow as easily as it did: I was thinking only of one
In the closing days of August, I had to do double duty.
I'm firmly in the middle of this second book, but I needed to write and
submit a short story for an anthology to be named later. Now, this might
have been relatively easy for some folks, but it's a challenge that
I've never experienced. Add to that my desire to maintain the
novel-writing streak through August and I ended up forcing myself to
work on both the novel and the short story on the same days. Novel in
the morning, short story in the evening. It worked well enough, and I
was able to switch gears with relatively ease. I spent Sunday polishing
the short story so much so that I didn't get to the novel. That streak
was momentarily broken, but I got back on the wagon the next day.
you writers out there who work on multiple projects, do y'all have any
challenges you must overcome? Or is it merely a job and you just do it? I
assume it's the latter, as it was for me, but I'm just asking around. I
found that I enjoyed working on more than one thing at a time, tiring
as it ended up being.