Juggling writing with other writing projects is new for me. I’m used to working one novel start to finish before staring something new. Over the past few months, I found two ideas on how to help “control” my muse.
1. Music. I created a playlist for Callie’s Story. I have at least one song for each minor character in the novel and the heroine has about five. In the beginning this worked well. I was able to channel my Callie muse easily. Lately the effect has worn off. It may be because when I’m finished with my pages for the day, I keep listening to the music as I do other things. I really like the songs. So now when I hear Callie’s playlist I also have the urge to fold laundry, file some work papers, or check my email. Oops.
I devised a plan for my next novel’s playlist: only choose songs that I won’t listen to afterwards. Perhaps some Megadeath for my next romance or maybe music from Tony Bennett’s greatest hits for a YA.
2. Candles. I like candles. I have various scented candles throughout my house. Tealight party, anyone? For my novels, I picked out scents that pertained to the hero/heroine of the story. For Callie’s Story it was an oceany scent. For Lucas’s Story it’s a male, woodsy scent. Unfortunately I found out that both of them give me a headache after five minutes of burning . . . sigh.
On the bright side whenever I have a headache I do think of writing. And since I often pair listening to my playlist and smelling my candle at the same time, I also think of vacuuming or sorting the mail. 😉
Have you ever worked on more than one project? What methods have you used to keep your muse on task?
*That’s not me in the picture, although I have been seen in that pose many, many times this past week.