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At the risk of making a broad generalization, chances are good that you’ll have more than a single WIP at any given time. One of the things I’ve found is that ideas will come to you, regardless of whether they fit into what you have planned out. Maybe they can be co-opted into one piece, maybe you have to create something new to house them.
I personally think having more than the one work can be beneficial. My main reasoning is that switching between them helps keep you fresh, keep you thinking and may even result in a cross-pollination of ideas. But what is the most effective way to divide your time between WIPs?
Obviously, any work that you are currently under deadline for should take precedence but maybe not to the complete exclusion of other work. My thinking is five or six days devoted to your deadline piece with the remainder given over to a secondary work, although this would be subject to how much time you have & how much you have to do.
If you don’t have a specific deadline to work towards, then you can mix things up any way you like. Maybe an even split between them, day in and day out. Maybe doing chapters turn about. Maybe focusing on one until you hit a snag, then moving to another until you work things through. Any of these could work equally as well; it’s really down to whatever works best for you.
If you are juggling WIPs, how are you handling it?
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