I am a huge offender of having multiple works-in-progress. Yeah, I said it. And at one point every writer finds more than one project at a time. So, how many is too many? Let’s figure it out!
The panther in me loves to have seven tabs up at one time. I write what I want when I want. This helps when I get blocked up and need to change things up. There is no method and total chaos and I find this is when all the ideas hit me at once.
I’m a vivid dreamer. This multi WIP approach helps when my brain changes stories mid writing. Somehow this calms some of the chaos going on in my office.
I do get things mixed up, and have suffered through more rewrites than I care to admit.
Then the stress of planning a series for each piece, the marketing, it all snowballs out of control and I start to dislike my craft.
After 13 years, I finally caved and started taking some of my own advice. I only have one project at a time. However, I keep another document open, and take notes when the next book idea springs to life.
So the answer you have all been waiting for…
Do what you’re comfortable with! But I recommend just one at a time.
Now go write something.