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It’s kind of crazy but I’m in a creative dilemma. I’ve got two abandoned projects (two books with different story plots) that I want to reopen and I’m feeling very ambitious. Should I work on the two books simultaneously? Or, finish one before embarking on the other one?

I’m kind of between the devil and the deep blue sea on this one. I could defeat the devil and get a boat to cross the sea, can’t I? πŸ™‚

What do you think guys?

I really need your advise!

Much love, always! πŸ™‚

75 comments on “Dilemma!

  1. Al says:

    I think you should start on one, and if you have an idea for that one, then grab that one and write in that one until you get an idea for the first one again and then go back to that one. Either way, do whatever you feel you can do πŸ™‚

  2. Finish one first, the one that’s burning the most to get out of you. πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you Nadine, I’m glad I posted this. Both stories have almost equal amount of burn, but one is longer than the other. I bet one would definitely get more attention from me now. Appreciate your kindness! πŸ™‚

  3. Luanne says:

    Seyi, what I do and what I say might be 2 different things. It sounds best to work on one so that you can put your entire focus on it. That said, I often do best when I do 2 things at the same time. So I’m no help :).

  4. Rough drafts can be done two at a time. I think if you’re editing and rewriting, probably one at a time is a better idea. At least it is for me. I remember the plots better that way.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment. I already have drafts for both novels. I’m at the developmental stage and was wondering if tackling both is a great idea or not. I think you’re right, I can’t edit both books together when completed. I appreciate your kindness.

  5. Go ahead and work on both, but on different days.

  6. I would say just go for it. Although, you should be careful of characters overlapping. If you already have rough drafts of both stories, I don’t see why not. Everything depends on the creative juice flowing through you at each point time.
    Best of luck! πŸ™‚

  7. Green Embers says:

    I can only speak for myself but when I try to tackle multiple projects at the same time I end up finishing none of them, so my vote would be one then the other.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks my friend. I understand your point. I love multitasking but never attempted something like this, it’s not a chore but a creative process. So I guess I need to devote my attention to one book at a time. Appreciate your visit and comment.

  8. This explains why I’ve been outta here for many months. Multitasking is not really a thing for highly cerebral people especially in the creative arts. This is why God didn’t create all things in one day. Follow your heart, one thing after the other if you must nail it as always. your post draws me back to WordPress. Cheers

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Glad to see you on my site. We’ve missed you here at WordPress. I’ll definitely follow my heart and see how it goes. Wishing you the best of 2015!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  9. marissafh says:

    I would say whichever one that calls to you and you are inspired to work on, with the words brimming out of of your head waiting to be put on paper. I’ve got multiple knit and crochet projects going on, and although I rotate between them, invariably as I pick up one that I mean to work on, there will be another one that will just keep my eyes fixed on them and suddenly that’s the project I have to do now and finish now.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right, some words are stuck in my brain and I just have to put them down. I work in a very funny way, once I’ve started writing a book, another idea would start brewing for another one. I know it’s crazy but I always follow all my stories through and I intend to do justice to both books.
      Thanks for your wise comment, I truly appreciate it!

      • marissafh says:

        You’re welcome. And the same thing happens to me with the crafting … as I start a project, an idea comes to mind of a variation on the pattern, etc. so I have to start that before I forget! It might explain why the multiple projects around the house! Good luck!

  10. eightdecades says:

    The dilemma came upon you in one day, it will leave you at it’s own will. Begin on both and let the days resolve themselves, it may be the muse bringing a new and unusual gift. respond to how it is now and it will show itself. Often the unexpected dilemma is a new door, step through it and the story mind will develop what it will.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, I’ve started on both. I’ll work on one for a day or two, then shift to the other one. They’re different genres so it’s quiet easier than I thought. I appreciate your comment and do have a great weekend!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  11. Finish on whichever you are inspired to. The burn may be equal but there HAS to be one that you dying to spill out! start that. then when you get an idea for the other, jump on it:)x Good luck


    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks my friend, you’re absolutely right and had already begun and it’s exhilarating. I’m so grateful for your kind comment!
      Do have a fantastic weekend.
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  12. My dilemma exactly Seyi. So I have put aside the one that is not really flowing and working on the first one.. Work on one then the other, preferably the one that inspires you more. πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Celestine, have already started and both seemed eager for my attention, but like you said, one is more demanding than the other. I’m really excited and can’t wait to see how this pans out.
      Have a beautiful and relaxed weekend my friend!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  13. Lori D says:

    Boy, I’m relating to you on many levels today, Seyi. I too, have two story ideas for novels. They say not to work on two at once, but I think we should do whatever motivates us to do. And who is “they” who say this anyway? The writing Gods? Editors? Publishers? Don’t know.

    I’ve been working on both of mine since the fall (with a break for the holidays), because I didn’t want to lose my ideas about them. I got to Chapter 7 on one of them and now I’m stuck. So, as of this month, I’m focusing on the one where I’m not stuck.

    Go for it and enjoy. πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for that fantastic encouragement Lori! πŸ™‚ I’ve started on both and they are both vying for my attention, the creative juice is also great! I hope you get to finish both your books too, can’t wait to read it! πŸ™‚

      I’m grateful for your comment and visit, appreciate it.
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend. πŸ™‚

  14. [ Smiles ] restart one of them and take the process of completing that book, one day at a time.

  15. Sherri says:

    Well, when I am in a dilemma I try listening to the writing voice that shouts the loudest and then concentrate on that. Hope that helps Seyi and all the very best my friend whatever you decide to do πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you so much Sherri. I threw it open when I was so confused. I’ve started now and both stories are flowing. I’ve already written three chapters on both (at different times last year) when I abandoned it. Then suddenly, the stories kept coming to me, on both books! They’re also different genres so it’s easier for me.

      I’m grateful for your kind comment. Thanks again my friend and have a beautiful weekend!
      Much love to you! πŸ™‚

      • Sherri says:

        Wow…that’s so great my friend! Sounds like both voices shouted just as loud as the other! You are on a roll Seyi, long may it last. As you say, writing in different genres definitely helps, in fact, I think that’s a great balance. Happy writing, happy weekend and thank you so much. Lots of love & blessings to you… πŸ™‚

  16. utesmile says:

    I would keep both open and what idea strikes first that goes first, but if you get a brilliant idea for the other one… do it.

  17. reocochran says:

    Go with the ambitious feeling and choose the book you feel the most excited to write about or add to, my friend! I would concentrate on one, then finish it as much as you wish to and if you find yourself “running dry” in creative juices, switch to the other one! Good luck!!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks so much my friend! Both books are different so it’s kind of easier, when I’m bored with one, I could always switch to the other one. I’m grateful for your comment and do have a fabulous weekend!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

      • reocochran says:

        I like the way you thought about this, and have to agree. By the way, in your stack of books I loved “Julie and Julia” and always enjoy Anthony Bourdain on his television show where he travels the world and eats everywhere. Sometimes I worry about his getting sick, but he seems to do quite well. I have never had two projects going at a time, but someday I hope to concentrate on my children’s books. I went for awhile spending time sending them out to get them returned, but lost interest after that.
        Take care, my friend. Enjoy your writing and hope your pen never runs dry nor your mind stop creating!

  18. My vote is to focus on one at a time. Once you finish the first manuscript, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and be motivated to move on to number two. Best of luck, Seyi.

  19. Take the project that is nearest to your heart and finish that one while letting the other one simmer on the back burner. Once you are finished with the first, then attack the other. Trying to juggle the two will keep you in a constant state of flux where neither will get the focus needed.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you for your kind comment, it’s appreciated. I’ve already resumed work and I’m confidence of finishing by summer. I’m grateful for your visit my friend and do have a great weekend.
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  20. FCEtier says:

    I read three books simultaneously.
    One in the bedroom on the night stand, one in our study, and one in the toilet.
    My wife says she doesn’t know how I do it.
    I enjoy the variety.
    I have one book in progress, I write two blogs a week, and just finished a short story.
    Having multiple projects going is stimulating.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I love that! Three books simultaneously? That’s awesome, you won’t get bored then. πŸ™‚
      I’d always been great at multitasking. Besides, the two books are different genres so there won’t be confusion with overlapping characters.

      I’m grateful for your comment, do have a great weekend!

  21. RoSy says:

    Do whatever the muse desires. πŸ˜‰

  22. Kerina says:

    I think you should go for it… grab both by the horns so to speak… and if you feel that one is getting more attention than the other, then go with that flow. Take it as it comes…. you will never know your potential until you try it…. Good luck…

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Kerina. With such positive feedbacks, I’ve embarked on both books. Besides, the genres of the books are different and that made it easier. I got inspiration to write both and the words are flowing.
      I’m grateful for your comment Kerina. Do have a pleasant weekend!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  23. Ese' s Voice says:

    Quite a choice… Hmm, I think, despite all the “cons”, I would still try to balance on two chairs and work on both of the projects. Do a bit of time management and see how it goes, leaving space for changing this plan, of course πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Ese, I’ve balanced well behind my desk now! πŸ™‚ I’m glad I threw it open, the support and feedback has been amazing. I’m grateful for your kind comment. Do have a beautiful and relaxed weekend!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  24. Work on both until one of them seems like the front-runner. I’ve tried that before.

  25. Ordinarily I would say one at a time. However, you say you feel AMBITIOUS so if you work on both simultaneously they each may give you input for the other as you move ahead. You can always put one down. πŸ˜‰

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Yeah Bonny, I do feel ambitious. And like you said, I could work simultaneously which I’m doing already.
      Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it! Have a blessed weekend. πŸ™‚

  26. Ste J says:

    Two books, that is awesome! I would tackle one book first but if you get stuck or just fancy a change switch to the other one. I think it is possible to work on them both, perhaps rather than worrying about, you should go with the flow and see where you end up. After all the year is young and I know that success will find you again this year.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You always have a way with words! I’ve began to move with the flow. I hope success finds you this year too. By the way, knock, knock, he’s at the door! πŸ™‚

      Have a pleasant weekend my friend. Thanks for your kind comment.

  27. Do one at a time☺
    Cheers, Mojisola

  28. It’s great that you’re writing both at the same time. Well done

  29. kirizar says:

    It takes me so long to get into the mindset of my characters and the world they inhabit, I couldn’t imagine floating between two novels. But, I do take breaks from my novels to write short stories and posts. So, it is doable if you don’t try anything crazy.

  30. gageier says:

    Liebe Seyi einen schΓΆnen Sonntag wΓΌnsche ich dir und danke dir Klaus

  31. Kendra Turner says:

    Could be a nice title- The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea

  32. When I can’t choose, I choose both πŸ™‚ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

  33. Hermionejh says:

    As so many others have commented, I like the both idea. Do you write best a certain time of day? Does one work excite you more than the other – or at separate times? I wish you the best, and hope they both get written & published this year! πŸ™‚

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Hey thanks my friend! πŸ™‚ Coincidentally, I think both books appealed to me in equal measure. I’ve devised a crafty way of dealing with the deluge of plots; write on one today, pick on the other the next and it’s working.
      I appreciate your visit and comment my friend! Thanks.
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  34. daniellajoe says:

    go for it Sandra!!! πŸ™‚

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