As the lead up continues to my novel’s publishing date on August 17th (pre-order The Fog of Dreams for Kindle now!) I’m continuing to blog regularly about whatever topics come to mind. To be fair, I’m at least trying to keep it about writing instead of say, action figure collecting or sports or something.
I’ve read a LOT of advice when it comes to writing and book publishing, and a common theme throughout much of my reading is basically “write your ass off”.
- If you have a story to tell, write.
- If you want to improve, write.
- If you want to earn a living doing this, write.
- If you want to learn to write, you guessed it, write.
So my question may seem a bit odd, but is there such a thing as too much writing? I’ll admit, I’ve been captivated by writing for most of my life, and especially so after the past few years. The Kindle Worlds project really fired up my creativity (yes I write G.I. Joe fiction, and I LOVE IT) and things just keep hammering away inside my brain that I need to get out there.
So at this point, I’m wrapping up some last touches on draft one of my second “Operation: Harvest” novel. I’m also beginning the planning stages and development of the third “Operation: Harvest” novel. Meanwhile, I’m also working on the first volume of a seven part G.I. Joe series that I’m hoping to launch next year.
That’s three simultaneous projects, and I’m loving working actively on all of them, but I can’t help but wonder if at some point it’ll get to be too much. Will I feel like I’m neglecting one universe if I focus on another? Will I get so entrenched in my G.I. Joe story that I forget the motivations of my own characters? If I’m doing three projects simultaneously, are any of them getting my full, deserved, undivided attention?
I’d like to think I can multitask effectively, but I don’t know. I fear that the ultimate judge of that will be the readers when they pick up a book and say “why the heck is Snake Eyes fighting Agent Richard Grace?”
Regardless, as someone who loves writing, I’m doing a lot of it, and this makes me happy. I just don’t want the end product to suffer for my joy.