How many stories is too much?

Updated: May 24, 2020

Writing, am I right? You write a few sentences, think "Oh, I just had a great idea!" Then write a few more sentences, realize that doesn't fit, and start a whole new story about the last few lines. Before long you're working on seven different projects.

Or maybe that's just me.

But if it is you, then maybe we should talk about it. Writing a book is hard. Heck, even writing a short story is hard. (A good one, at least!) And sometimes...or lots of times, we burn out.

Now, many people like to give the advice of, "Just keep writing!" and truthfully, that advice is sound, but what if you just can't keep working on your project?

Write something else.

A poem, a different short story, a random scene in your head. Heavens, write a diary entry talking about how you can't work on your project right now. If you absolutely can't focus on your project, start another one. And if you abandon it half way through, it will still be there 6 months later when you need another project to work on.

What happens though, if you're like me, and end up working on 3 or 4 projects at once?

Doesn't matter.

Just write. You can never have too many projects. Any project you start and don't finish is something you can come back to later. Just can't continue that novel you're a quarter of the way through? Write a few short stories, or poems. Come back to it a few days, weeks, or months later with a fresh set of eyes, new ideas, and better writing skills. Work on what you want, as much as you want.

As long as you write.

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