The Pluses and Minuses of a Large Docket

As you who read my posts at all know, I’ve got a LOT of writing projects in various states of completion that I keep carefully documented in a little notebook. While I wouldn’t give up any of them, I thought I’d outline the pros and cons for those trying to decide how much they can bite off before they choke to death. (All right, not my best metaphor).

So here we go.

PROS:

– There’s this thing I hear other people complain about all the time. It’s called ‘writer’s block’, and I find that having other projects to work on when one of them is so annoying me that I want to burn it all and never see it again is sufficient to give me the needed break that I think writer’s block can often be the manifestation of.

-I’ve got lots of lovely things floating through my head, some to do with projects I’ve started, some to do with nothing at all I’ve been working on. Not setting project limitations means working on whatever’s striking my fancy whenever my fancy has been struck. Since this is something that’s so hard for some writers, getting those intense moments of inspiration, I say take advantage of every single one! You can always toss it later if you end up hating it, although I recommend never tossing anything. If anything, it’s good for laughs later in life.

-The docket is sort of an idea more than anything. It’s a way of organizing my many ideas, but there’s no pressure to work on anything in particular, or in any particular order, while at the same time there’s a constant pressure to work. It ensures that things get done.

CONS:

-Sometimes looking at the list can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, when you need a little notebook just to keep track of what all you’re working on and a box to hold all your notes for various projects (large box), you’ve got a lot going on. Period.

-I have this really bad habit, especially with my fan fiction, of using the wrong names when I’m really in the zone and typing super-fast. My readers usually find this more entertaining, especially if they recognize the story the name is from (because yes, I often use names from the wrong work), and they take some sort of pride in proving how well they know my stuff. And that bit’s cool, but the screwing up is a bit embarrassing. Ah, well.

-Big gaps in my production. Let’s face it, if you don’t have hard deadlines you get caught up in following your lack of boredom around and life gets in the way so you don’t always write 10k words a day. You do your best, but some days you can’t write at all. I’ve had moments where I realize that certain fan fictions have been untouched for six months, and I’ve left my next novella on the backburner for going on ten months now.

So make of that what you will whilst I grab a cup of tea and pack for my trip to Victoria, BC. 😀

Cheers,

C

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About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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