Telling a writer to focus is like telling a squirrel to stop protecting its nuts. It’s not going to happen. You see (I may just be the exception, but I doubt this is the case), us writers have way too many thoughts and ideas up there to keep them all straight. So what happens if you’re working on what you’d call your “main project,” the story or novel you’ve decided you need to finish before you can allow yourself to start something new, and you have the sudden urge to take a break and work on something else. Well, you do just that. Your other project will be waiting eagerly for you to return, but in the meantime let those creative juices flow.
As I’m sure I said in an earlier post, this is also a great way to get over even the most severe cases of writer’s block. If you’re stuck on a certain part in your current project, focusing your energy on something else for a while can often lead to newfound inspiration. I can’t count the number of times I’ve used this exact method and days later found myself ten pages into a chapter I’d before thought was going to be impossible to write. It might seem like an unproductive way to finish a story, but think of it like this:
When you finally finish your main project (because you will and you have to believe you will with all your heart) then your next one will already be partly written, ready for you to jump right in.
That’s all for now,
A Fellow Writer.