On Monday I wrote about needing to find some focus and discipline for the creative surge that was swamping me. I may have come up with a solution.
One of my other hobbies is counted cross stitch. I really do enjoy it, although it tends to take a back seat to writing most of the time. I probably have more WiPs (Works in Progress) for counted cross stitch than I do writing, and every once in a while I try to find them all and organize them and set them up in what is known in cross stitching circles as a rotation.
There are several ways of doing rotations. One is to spend a certain amount of time on one project (say a week or three days or whatever) and then go on to another one. Another method, especially for people working on BAPs (Big Assed Projects) is to complete a page (or part of a page) of a chart and then go on to another one. Often they will alternate a page of BAP with a smaller project. Yet another method is to do so many stitches on a project and then go on to another one.
It is this last one that I am adapting.
I use the site 750words to maintain a habit of writing daily. I use it to rant about my day, to do stream of consciousness writing about plot problems, especially when I’m outlining, and to actually write, especially during NaNoWriMo.
Now I’m going to use it to work out a rotation for novels.
Currently I have three thing that I’m working on: the scene(s) for Book Two of The Academy of the Accord series, finishing Book Five of that series, and finishing Sanguine.
The current plan is to do 250 words on each one every day, using 750words. (It has a counter in the bottom corner.)
This will provide slow but steady progress on each of the three projects. And when I finish one (the scenes from Book Two shouldn’t take much longer) I can either increase the word count on the other two or add something else in to the rotation, like Book One of The Other Mages trilogy.
(That won’t be all I do: I will work on them outside of 750, but it will keep me working on all of them.)
There will, of course, be days when 750 is used for ranting or plotting. I know that and I’m not setting myself up for failure by trying to promises that I will always use it for the 250x250x250, but mostly I think it will.
Will this work? I’m not sure. I have yet to find a rotation schedule for counted cross stitch that works for me, but I am more committed (addicted) to writing than I am cross stitch, so maybe. And I’m on a 970-something streak of daily writing with 750words, so that’s promising.
At any rate, it can’t hurt to try.