At the beginning of the month, I posted about how I developed a project plan for writing for the remainder of the calendar year.
The plan included editing 22 chapters of my latest WIP for my CP, typing up the chapters I hand-wrote during vacation, and doing final (and perhaps painful) edits on my other two manuscripts, editing the current WIP again, and starting a historical fiction piece that I think is going to be awesome but will definitely require a lot of research. It sounds like a lot, but my project plan says it's possible if I work on it persistently until December 31.
The plan is going very well. I've checked off seventeen items and have stayed focused on one project at a time...until this morning when my Muse showed up - the one that wants me to write and not edit.
Another story that I started a year ago, but didn't plan to finish any time soon if ever, settled in the front of my mind. The story is sad and funny. It's about a single mom with a baby and a five-year-old and a full-time job. It requires zero research because I've been there.
I feel compelled to write it now and push everything else aside.
Plans are made to be changed, right?
The logical part of me knows this is procrastination - I'm doing anything to put off doing the final edits on those three manuscripts. If I don't finish them, then I won't have to risk getting rejected, right?
If I ignore my Muse, she will go on vacation (as is her habit), and I'll be done.
Instead of throwing away the plan, I may try multi-tasking, working on what I had planned in the morning and add on a new chapter of the new ms in the evening. I'm not sure how long I can work at that pace, but it's worth a try.
How is your writing going?