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What am I insecure about these days? A lot of things! Peter is due out in a few short months, and so of course I’m worried about reviews and how well it will do. I’m also worried about being able to write a sequel. I’ve dabbled with it a bit, have a couple pages written and a vague notion of the plot, but it’s all still very amorphous, like a cloud with no clear shape.

I’m insecure about finding a place for Changers, and about writing more Sherlock Holmes stories. Can I keep three series going? (The Holmes stories, the Peter Stoller series, and the Changers series?)

And I’m insecure about how I will come off in a recent podcast interview I did. Like, I’m excited for having done it and simultaneously worried I’ll sound like an idiot or a nut job or something. Sigh.

The more I have going on, the more paralyzed I begin to feel. It means I have to be (gasp!) disciplined and have to (double gasp!) prioritize. I never had any trouble with it when I worked in publishing because we had set deadlines. But when you’re working for yourself, unless you have a publisher breathing fire on your neck . . . And if you do, never complain about it—you’re lucky.

I know I’m capable. I can do it. I just need to organize myself. And some encouragement wouldn’t hurt either. I heard from a reader this week, and it was just lovely that she took the time to say she’s been enjoying my Sherlock Holmes stories. Stuff like that makes me want to keep going, even when I’m feeling insecure and stuck.

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7 thoughts on “IWSG: ALL THE THINGS!”

  1. It can be difficult sticking to a schedule when you don’t have anyone over you forcing you to do something by a certain date … especially when you are dealing with worry and fear. Just keep on keeping on. As it is, it sounds like you are doing well even without a publisher breathing fire down your back. Three stories and a podcast? That’s wonderful! 🙂

  2. I’ve been tackling multiple projects this year, and I think it’s worth it. It’s tough, and sometimes I lose track of things or don’t keep my original deadline goals, but I have made lots of writing progress and I am thankful for all of it. Also, I think having two to three types of projects going is good. Personally, I don’t just write straight through projects very well, so I’m better at changing projects and continuing forward that way. Also, you will have (if you don’t already), a diverse audience that will, hopefully, expand faster, and do some cross-reading from one series to the next.
    So, I say, go for it! Be realistic about the time you have, but enjoy all the writing. I just listened to a youtube video interview of Brandon Sanderson and he talks about writing several projects at once. I don’t have the link, but I recommend it.
    Happy writing and juggling projects!

    1. Thanks! I agree that having a couple different projects is a good thing. That way, if (or really, when) I get stuck on one, I have something else to play with. But I’m also not a fast writer, and having multiple projects slows me down even more. And then there’s prioritizing—the Sherlock Holmes stories are my bread and butter, so I know I should write more of those, they should top my list. But they’re actually harder for me to write than my original stuff, and often I’m just not feeling it. It’s complicated! But these are good problems for a writer to have.

  3. I used to think I had to work on one project at a time and put all my effort into that. I’ve learned that yes, you can do more than one! I think it’s about setting smaller goals that eventually get you where you want to go. Congrats on the podcast!!! That sounds like a lot of fun.

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