A reader recently asked children’s/YA author Dee White how important it is to write every day, or whether just thinking about writing is enough some days. I agree with Dee’s answer, that what works for one writer may not necessarily work for the next.
What I enjoyed most about her blog entry on the topic, however, was the list of answers from various writers she polled. I’ve always enjoyed reading about how other writers work.
My main problem is that I get ideas for writing projects all the time, and having to pick and choose between them is a challenge. This may seem like a wonderful thing, but I’m well aware that I’d make much more progress if I just chose one or two projects and focused on those.
My current solution: whenever I get ideas that aren’t directly related to the projects I’m actively working on, I stick them in Zengobi’s Curiounder the appropriate folder (MG novel ideas, YA novels, picture books, etc.). I figure this cooling off period will also help give me some perspective — almost ANY idea seems fantastic when it first hits me. A week later, however, I may take it out and think, “What the HECK was I thinking?”