Wednesday, October 26, 2005

time management

I'm working on three or four projects at once, so time management is becoming necessary. That means I have to severely limit my time on the Internet, which means I will only update my blogs a couple times a week. I need to update my jennifersromances Web site, but will have to wait. I did manage to write 4200 words on Mad, Bad Duke today, which is good. Need to finish critiquing some contest entries and a synopsis before next week, but I'm going to set aside certain hours of the day to do that, and if it doesn't get done during that time, I have to stop and go back to writing.

It's hard to make that choice, because many of the peripheral things about writing (promotion, blogging, contest judging) are right in front of you and have short deadlines--the tendency is to think that those things are more important than writing a good story.

So I will schedule blocks of time throughout my day to do writing and nothing else, no matter what (barring real emergencies, of course). Wish me luck! I'm going in . . .


At 7:18 AM , Blogger Cheyenne McCray said...

You need to combine all your personalities. LOL. Jeez, woman. How do you do it all?

I figured out that I didn't do so bad this year, but I think I'm behind you while you tear away. Since January I wrote Lord Kir with Mackenzie, co-wrote a YA with Susan, rewrote Forbidden Magic 2 times, wrote Castaways, wrote the quicke Erotic Stranger, wrote Seduced by Magic, and am co-authoring the last in the YA trilogy with Susan that has to be done by the end of Nov. I also want to get the 2nd in the Return to Oz series written with Mackenzie by the end of the year. That would be cool. So I'm not feeling so bad about my production, even though it feels like I've been spinning my wheels. I even lost time due to crisis in all this mess. Yes :rubs fist on shirt: I didn't suck so bad afterall.

The most projects that I can work on at one time and not go insane is 2. I had 3 going on at one time in January and about lost my mind. And was doing taxes at the same time.

Enough chatter. Good luck with those four chapters and congrats on the great word count!

At 7:55 AM , Blogger Jennifer Ashley said...

No, it sounds like you didn't suck at all! (LOL) I can't remember everything I did since January, but let's see: Anne Boleyn, the novella for Christmas Cards, Maia (short) for Ellora's Cave, A Covent Garden Mystery, Penelope and Prince Charming, Rio for EC, and will finish two more mss., Mad, Bad Duke and Playing with Fire by the end of the year. Oh, that's way too much for any sane person!

At 8:02 AM , Blogger Tina Gerow said...

You guys both totally amaze me. I didn't do too bad for a woman with a day job, but reading your lists I always Someday soon I'll be writing full time! But Jennifer, I still don't think I could work on four things at a time! I'm with Chey - two is good. You guys are both an inspiration! :)

At 9:15 PM , Blogger Susan Keene said...

Hi girls. I lurk on this site, Jennifer, but you already know from me that I'm an admirer of your amazing career.

So far I just have the YA sold (the full is due 11/15--oy!) but I'm like you--I need a bunch of projects going on at once to keep everything fresh. So in between the teen angst in the YA, I work on the serial killer/rapist manuscript and my chick lit mystery.

Nothing like having manageable multiple personalities, no? :o)

-Susan Colebank Stehle

At 9:49 AM , Blogger Jennifer Ashley said...

Susan: That's quite a range--from YA to serial killer! It must be fun inside your head. :) Congrats on the YA release. I meant to say so Tuesday, but didn't get the chance.


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