I adore writing, I really do. Since writing is my primary occupation, though, I spend a lot of time with my stories each day. Sometimes I find if I work hard on one of them for a while, I start to feel a sort of brain tired when I go to work on it. This is also more likely to happen at two stages. The first is around 30 000 words into my first draft, and the second stage I get it is as I’m getting ready to start my third draft.
It’s one of the reasons I like to have more than one story going at a time. I might have up to three stories, but I do best when I’m only actively working on two, I’ve learned. Hey, do what works for you, and don’t be afraid to try things.
By being able to have a story I’m at a good stage with, when I get writers fatigue on the other one, I can still get some really productive writing in. Sometimes if I work on the productive story first, the story that’s tired also goes better.
I generally also try to work on my young adult novels before my erotica, so I can keep everything well separated in my brain. However, some days things need to be done differently.
So, what is it about the 30 000 word mark and the third draft? Well, usually around 30 000 words the story itself is plotted out. The main scenes are written. Now I need to add the fun and games, and the scenes between scenes. Sometimes they just flow and come to me, and other times I don’t know what will happen. One thing that helps is to remember, write the story I want to read. What would I love to see happen?
With the third draft, I’ve now read my story multiple times. I may love my characters, but sometimes as I’m finishing my second draft, my mind gets tired. Often I set everything aside for a little and come back fresh. I’d rather do a good story than rush just to be done, or because I’m so close.
That’s why I usually have a third story at some stage in the process, like the martial arts story right now. I’m about 20 000 words in. I started it while I was getting the first Forest Guardians book published, before I began the sequel. I didn’t feel right working on the erotica while my first book was so close to done, so it got to sit and rest. Now I’m back at it and close to done, so another story is sitting aside.
It’s great always having something to work on. It suits my short attention span. There’s always something I’m excited to write about in at least one of my stories, so I always look forward to writing another day!
Also, by taking a more relaxed schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where I write when I want with as many breaks as I want, I’m more productive.
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.