Writing Tips: Three Benefits of Having More Than One Work-In-Progress

Hey guys! I can’t believe we’re almost to the end of 2022! I wanted to go ahead and give you a sneak peak into the next few days in regards to what I’ll be posting. There will obviously be a Throwback tomorrow, and on Friday, you can read my last Inspiring Characters post of 2022! But Saturday will be the real deal! Everything bookish will come that day, as that is my last day to get to 100 books for the year. At the moment of writing this, I am at 97 books. My friend and I are doing a 24 hour readathon to make sure we reach our goals, so I’m planning on reading one more book before then to get to 98, then finishing the goal off during the readathon. Wish me luck! With that being said, you can read my What I Read… post on Saturday, along with progress reports (like I did in June), and, as I did last year, the post where I rank all the books I read this year…which will be interesting.

ANYway, in the meantime I’m here with another Writing Tips post, and this time I’m going to be talking about having more than one work-in-progress (WIP). I know there are people who might like to start a project and not start anything new until they finish said project. If that works for them, awesome! However, there can be some benefits to having more than one WIP. Check them out!

Brainstorming Benefits

There’s something about having multiple WIPs that help me get more ideas for each of them. Suppose I’m working on my WIP1, and I also have WIP2 that I work on from time to time. They’re completely different books; perhaps one is dystopian, and the other is a contemporary. Whenever I brainstorm for the dystopian, WIP1, I’m obviously thinking about it in terms of its own plot, not in terms of the contemporary’s plot. However, maybe I find an idea that I like, but it just won’t fit with WIP1. Perhaps it could fit with WIP2, even though it’s not in the same genre? In this way, having multiple WIPs allow me to use any ideas I get, when I get them, instead of having to write down ideas that just won’t work for my single WIP in order to use them later. This may not be that big of a deal, and that’s fine if you disagree with this benefit! But I like using my ideas quickly, and having multiple WIPs help me to find a place for all of them!

Publishing Pros

This is another really good one. If you are trying to get your book published, then it’s a great idea to have other works ready to go. Sometimes agents or publishers may ask to see more of your work that may not be related to the book you’re trying to get published, so it’s always good to have spares. Not to mention that while you wait to hear back from agents or publishers, you want to be working on another WIP anyway. Working on multiple WIPs will just get you one step ahead!

Jump Between WIPs To Avoid Burnout

This is probably the biggest benefit for having multiple WIPs! If you get writer’s block easy, then I highly suggest working on multiple stories at once, especially if they are in different genres. If you get bored with one story, or you can’t figure something out, then you can jump to a different story and carry on with writing! As writers, it’s obviously a good thing to write every day so we can get better and better at this skill. But sometimes writer’s block can really put us in a slump and we may stop writing for however long the block stays. While a break can be good every now and then, it can cause us to procrastinate and fall behind in our practice! But if you have another WIP you can work on, perhaps moving to it will help get the creative juices (I hate that work) flowing again!

That’s all for now! Are there any other benefits you know of? Do you agree or disagree with any of these? Let me know in the comments below! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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