Prioritising Problems By Lynne Garner
Until this year all my writing has been done for someone else to publish and not for myself. I've written for publishers and packagers, working to their deadlines and meeting their briefs. However now I've joined the growing band of writers writing for themselves, producing eBooks I am facing a problem I've never had before. I'll admit I've never been brilliant at prioritising and working out a schedule. But when working for someone else I was forced to at least try. However now I have deadlines I set myself and have to fit paying work around my writing destined to become an eBook.
My problem is I have stories taking over my brain demanding to be written. I have:
- A story with an alternate universe, time travel and Scottish monsters
- A spooky tale of a ghost lost in time
- Twin sisters who don't know the other exists but can feel each others feelings
Plus a huge number of scribbled notes in pads that contain one-liners, overheard comments and ideas for characters and plots that require my attention. However I also have:
- Three stories that have reached first draft stage and require proof reading
At the moment it feels as if I need three of me. One to write the stories driving me bonkers (try living with a Scottish monster and a rebellious child residing in your head), a second to edit the stories that have been proof read and a third to edit my first drafts. As I realise this is not going to happen I need to start prioritising. So do I purge my head of these stories by writing them or get to work at editing?
How did I deal with this dilemma today? Well I've written this blog, taken the photograph to illustrate it, chased a bad debtor or two, sent a few non-work related emails, walked the dog twice and done a little eBaying. Perhaps tomorrow I'll ponder my problem and work out what to prioritise then.