I bandy about the WIP acronym a lot, assuming that folks that read this here blog already know what it means. For those of you that don’t, it mean Work In Progress. Or, in my case, it’s about to mean Works in progress.
As in multiple.
It’s not unusual for me two work on two stories at once. Since I’m normally a slow first-drafter, I’ll spend months writing a novel. In the meantime I’ll get anthology invitations, or I’ll see a cool open anthology I want to write a story for, or an idea will present itself and demand to be written. So I’ll put the novel aside for a week or two, write a short story, then get back to the novel. I find that it’s a nice break from a longer work, and I don’t have a problem getting back into the voice or feel of the novel. It works well with my process. I haven’t had to do it for a while, but that’s about to change.
I’m still tweaking the novel WIP, as well as writing the Dreaded Query Letter and the Stupid Synopsis. I have several stories and a few essays to write in the next few months, and so I have to get cracking on those while working on the accouterments for the novel. I’ve always found writing for publication to be a part-time job, but more and more I find that job requires lots of multitasking. It’s good I enjoy that sort of thing.