Member23 August 2023 at 14:04
Perhaps a good time to start the new one would be when you’re giving the first one a rest before beginning the editing. If it’s too late for that it would be best to find time for both, rather than give up the momentum of editing.
Member24 August 2023 at 18:08
Member24 August 2023 at 18:12
I’m in the very same boat, (or sinking ship 😏).
I’m only about 25k words into mine and started writing something else as I feel I’m running on empty at the moment on the original. I’ll probably go back to it in a few days.
Takes my mind off it some what.
Member11 September 2023 at 20:23
Thanks Mark. I’m feeling demoralised about the one I’m editing. I may need some space from it. I may try a short story.
Member12 September 2023 at 09:05
That’s exactly what I’m doing, starting a short story. I find taking some time away from the novel helps and distracting myself for a while with something new.
Hope it goes okay 👍
Member12 September 2023 at 09:53
I think there’s no right or wrong way to write. I am editing my novel at the moment (well it is a full rewrite) and the final editing will come after that. In the meantime, I’ve written a couple of short stories for competitions, and I am outlining another novel idea – not full-on drafting, but creating the skeleton and doing some preliminary reading. I have also outlined a couple of other novel ideas while rewriting my main WIP. Has it held me up with the main WIP? This is a moot point. I was not more productive with my main WIP before I allowed myself to spend some time on other projects. I am not really more productive with it now. But I am making writing progress which is success to me. So, I would say that you need to do what you need to do as a writer, and the rest will follow. The project you are stalled on – this is usually because your head is telling you that there is stuff to figure out. So, I suggest not abandoning it, but free write about these prompts: ‘What does this novel need?’ or ‘What are my characters trying to tell me about themselves?’ And, if time and energy allow, write down those new ideas for other books/stories – sometimes it can help just to put them down. It frees up headspace for the main WIP.
Hope this helps a bit,
Member21 September 2023 at 14:31
I am attempting to plan a new novel while line-editing my current WIP. This is mainly because I like to be writing. However, I’m not sure it’s working out the way I had intended! I have been spending more time on the line-editing than the planning because I was hoping to be able to send out the WIP before the Frankfurt book fair, but I have missed that window, so there is not so much time pressure on the editing now.
It really depends on your preferred way of working. Thinking about a new project may allow your subconscious time to work out what needs fixing in the WIP. I am a greaet believer in the power of the subconscious to solve problems (writing ones, anyway).
Good luck with it.
Member22 October 2023 at 12:03
My answer … yes!
Reason: When inspiration hits, go with the flow. When I started to write my first novel, within two days, I had come up with a second novel idea and a week later, a third novel.
I focused on the first one for a few weeks, and when I hit a block, I wrote more on the second book. Forward to 13 years later, I have now finished my second one, and it is currently being edited. While I wait, and to distract myself from the time it’s going to be out of my hands, I have gone back to the first book, and have started to write it again.
About a month ago, inspiration hit, and I came up with a fourth book.
It’s never a bad thing to write another book while you wait. Sometimes you need to be able to have options, for when you hit a writers block.
Good luck with your book.