Poll: how many stories should I write at a time?

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I've received some feedback on my plan to cull the number of novels I write at a time down to one. People made some good points, and I've thought it over. Now, I'm interested in what you think. There are three choices here. First, that I only write one at a time. Second, that I write two at a time, switching back and forth every week. And third, that I write two, but split my time on them 3 to 1.

This still only applies once the current three novels start wrapping up. I won't stop the writing schedule I have now until one of the novels ends.

To make things a little more clear, here are your options:

Option one is one novel at a time.

Option two is Novel A weeks 1 and 2, Novel B weeks 3 and 4, Novel A weeks 5 and 6, etc.

Option three is Novel A week 1, Novel B weeks 2 - 4, Novel A week 5, Novel B weeks 6 - 8, etc.

Vote for as many as you like. Poll ends on Sunday.

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  1. Holyx

    The more I think about it the three to one split makes sense. Since it, will even out every two months. It also allows you to focus on 1 story for 3 chapters in a month and it reduces the unnecessary chapter review to continue the story.

  2. Simon S.

    Writers block is a very real problematic thing. I like the switching and rotations to prevent that. It gives me time to review the story “so far…” What works best for you is most important.

    1. Rawls

      Writers block isn’t a problem for me. I do procrastinate more than I should, but once I force myself to write, it almost always flows. So, I don’t think I need rotations to help with that. In a perfect world, I’d write one story through to the end, but I do like the idea of giving readers some variety.

  3. shelro1994

    i love all of yours stories i just hope you choose something that helps stay immersed in 1 or 2 stories i love them all but i sometimes find it hard to remember what happened last in the story when we get ahold of a new chapter 3 or 4 weeks after the last one was released. also on a side note do you and jdseal plan on bringing his illustrations to your new site?

    1. Rawls

      Thanks for the feedback. And no, JDseal and I will not bring the illustrations to this site. It looks like we’re keeping all that at SS for the foreseeable future.

  4. Auwolf

    I think 1 at a time. Finish it then on to the next one. I’m not liking the “this week will be story 1” , “this week will be story 3”, “this week will be story 2″…. Seems I have to wait a month before I get back to a story I like. I don’t pick up 3 or 4 books and read a chapter from 1, then a chapter from another and so forth. I read through the whole book. Just my opinion.

    1. Rawls

      Having one continuous story flow quickly was my original thought, but there’s a lot to balance here it seems.

  5. ferrus.manus

    I think the 3-1 balance gives you a useful safety valve around writers block — if you find that you can’t decide how to continue a story, you get an update off to explore another story. Obviously the 50-50 split has much of the same benefit but, as you noted up already, the constant switching back and forth can be inefficient and difficult. A final note, someone up-thread was unhappy with The Wicked Tower — I’ll throw my “vote” in the other direction, it’s my favorite story of yours so far.

    1. Rawls

      Thank you for the feedback. I do lean more toward the 3 to 1 split, but the 50-50 will be better than the current system for sure.

  6. Kuanyang

    As long as the switching doesn’t require too much division of attention on your part (keeping track of storylines, etc) then I think that would be best. I think many writers need to have more than one thing going to prevent a) loss of interest and b) writer’s block.

    1. Rawls

      I think I might prefer the 3 to 1 split, because it would require less divided attention. But if I can manage the current schedule, I can certainly manage either of the two story options 🙂

  7. bostant

    I really hope the wicked tower is not the new direction in your stories. (with that i mean, young female led story and insecure, soft male character ) if that is the case i prefer one like the old ones going at the same time

    1. Rawls

      Each story is different, with different characters. I plan on treading new ground with the next novel.

      I think the point you make is a good one. Not everyone likes all my stories equally. And it seems most people have different favorites. So, it seems to make sense to have more than one going at a time.

  8. xpoolhalljunkie

    I like the 3-1 ratio best, generally. Seeing a story make regular progress is awesome, but I don’t want to pretend I’m going to like all of your stories equally, so I hesitate asking you to focus on one at a time. With two going, even if your main story isn’t my favorite, the other story would see progress. I also think there’s benefit, artistically and creatively, taking a break to work on another project and allow it to influence or inform your main work.

    1. Rawls

      Good points. I agree. This is why I wanted to have this poll.