My regular blog readers will know that I'm working on my second novel (and by second novel, I don't mean the second novel I've ever written - I've written several, this is just the second novel I plan to publish). My debut novel came out on January 17th, and I started my second book on January 19th. I expected to have it done pretty quickly, but it's been pretty slow going, especially in the last month since I've had my youngest nephew here 4 days a week.
Since starting this project, I've had ideas for at least two new stories. As soon as the ideas pop into my head, I jot the main ideas down in my notebook, and add to them whenever a piece of dialogue or character trait or whatever comes to me, but that's as far as I'll allow myself to go. A writer friend mentioned on Facebook one day that the same thing keeps happening to her, and she wondered about working on multiple projects simultaneously. I thought it was a crazy idea because I didn't want to get the stories mixed up, but my ideas are completely different - my current project is women's fiction, and the other two main ideas (as in the ones that won't leave me alone) are both young adult, but one is contemporary and one is fantasy, so they're completely different.
The beginning of one of the stories came to me the other day - like, the entire beginning, right down to the little descriptions. That same day, I read an interview with an author who had published 25+ books and said that she always worked on different projects at the same time so that when one stalled, she had something else to work on, and no excuses not to write. It got me thinking: if she can do it, why can't I? But is it weird that I feel like I'd almost be cheating on my current characters to create new ones and live in their world simultaneously?
I still haven't decided for sure what I'm going to do, but I figure what can it hurt to at least give it a shot? If it doesn't work, I'll just focus on one story, but if it does work it might mean getting more writing done, because I'd always be writing something.
How about you? Do you work on one project at a time, or do you have multiple projects on the go?