Multi tasking: a good thing or spreading myself too thin?

I’m currently writing novel number two. The first one languishes, timid and shy, in the bottom drawer for fear of being laughed at. And with good reason. It’s pretty ordinary. And in the too hard basket for editing.

The second one is progressing well – nearly 30,000 words up and whilst it still needs lots of work, I’m enjoying throwing down the first draft with lots of notations ready to begin a good edit for the second draft.

I’m also writing three short stories and I’ve just signed up for a short story online competition requiring me to turn out 6 stories in 12 weeks. I’m looking forward to having a deadline to work to, but am I taking on too much different writing?

Who concentrates solely on one particular style – novel only or short stories or non-fiction or blogging? Who does everything and anything. What are the benefits or drawbacks of taking on more writing tasks rather than finishing one project at a time?

Did I also mention I have a job and four children and a small hobby farm and a life? No? Perhaps I should add that I am not a houseproud clean-freak, I regularly use my parents for chauffeuring and babysitting (thanks mum and dad!) and I’m not above throwing a load of stuff from the freezer into the oven for a quick and easy midweek meal.

Maybe my life is a little like my writing? All over the place!

About vickydaddo

I live in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. I write short fiction and novels. My stories have appeared in The Big Issue Fiction Special, Award Winning Australian Writing, Women’s Day, That’s Life and other anthologies. I have won or been placed in many competitions including the Hope Prize, the Scarlet Stilettos and the FAW National Literary Awards. In 2018, I received a women’s writing scholarship through The Hope Prize. I am a Writers Victoria Regional Ambassador for Gippsland and President of the Gippsland Writers Group. I teach creative writing classes at Warragul Community House and help program the Latrobe Literary Festival.
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