See My Dilemma? #IWSG

Here’s my dilemma:

  • Focus on one project (work is done quicker, but reaches fewer people)
  • Focus on multiple projects (takes longer for each piece to finish, but reaches more people)

Focusing on one thing (like, say, writing an epic saga of a book) can still take forever. I should know. I’m still writing the first draft of RTD, and I started late last year. I should be around done with it by now (or at least close to it) but I’m not. Because it’s a monster and there’s sooo much to it. I’m focusing all my creative energy on finishing it, but in doing so, I’m not entering any contests, writing short stories or extra pieces. I’m not getting other work out there. See my dilemma?

Do I stretch myself thin by working on multiple projects so I can reach more people, or keep steady so I can finish the damn book to complete the series? Which makes more sense?

*pulls out hair*

I’m seriously considering doing the NL (newsletter) again. I know. I know. I sort of didn’t follow through with it last time, but I was way overwhelmed, it was confusing to my dumb non-tech brain, and I didn’t see the benefit. What’s changed? Not a bunch, but I think it’s probably pretty necessary at this point. Just being honest. I’m not a big fan of NLs, so having my own is foreign, but as I’ve learned lurking in FB writing groups, it’s a necessity in this business. I have to get one. But it’s okay, because I have stuff I can share. Plus, I like to think my dumb-tech brain has gotten a little smarter (it hasn’t. I just like to pretend).

I’m thinking of doing a quarterly NL—what do you think? Some opt for monthly, or a few times a month. That’s too much. As a writer and reader, too much. A little update four times a year should be plenty, right? Anything more, and we’re on stalking terms, especially since I maintain this lovely blog with fresh content every Wednesday.

In other super-related news, I stumbled upon a writing contest (I get notifications for them constantly, but don’t participate because…read dilemma above). Although there’s a monetary prize, this contest offers something better: targeted audience. Actual BETA READERS in your genre! It’s a new site with a program that connects writers with their intended audience, and potentially permanent beta readers. As a kickoff, they’re launching contests (novels, novellas, short stories) across all genres, and will match readers interested in that genre to judge. HOW COOL IS THAT? It’s called Check it out! 😊

Please offer dilemma and NL insights—I’m open and welcome to it all.

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6 thoughts on “See My Dilemma? #IWSG

  1. C.D. Gallant-King says:

    I absolutely see your dilemma! I’m having a similar one. I have been working on a project for awhile and making better progress than I have in a long time, but there has been another one coming up with a deadline that I really wanted to do. Do I stop and switch, or just ignore the new one?

    I’ve actually started working on both, and you know what? I kinda like it. I like not being focused on one thing too much, because then I get obsessed and if I don’t work on it every day I get pissed. I’m ultimately not as productive as I could be. The new project is not huge and I should be able to finish it in time, plus having the freedom to switch back and forth depending on my mood is kinda nice. Again, keeps things fresh and less obsessive-y. And I’m actually generating more total words between the two in about the same amount of time. If you’re the kind of person who CAN split your focus, I recommend giving it a try.

    And Happy Birthday! I saw your post from last week. Love the vagina.

    • cgcoppola says:

      Thanks! I love the vagina too. (That’s what she said)

      I think I can split my focus, but I’m punching through the middle on this thing and it’s tough. I feel like if I divide my time more, it’ll be like trudging through mud. Yay writing!

  2. Mary Aalgaard says:

    I prefer to read blog posts. You can call it a newsletter, and send it in an email, but they’re usually long, and I only have time for blog posts. But, if that’s the trend, and it works, go for it!
    Happy IWSG Day!
    Mary at Play off the Page

  3. H.R. Sinclair says:

    No insights from me. I’m scattered too. I don’t care for email newsletters either. But I have one. The last time I sent one out was….September and that was to update the list. Before that was May of the year before. I don’t like when the newsletter is the blog post — people can subscribe to that specifically. So, what to do with a newsletter? I dunno that either (obviously). LOL

    But quarterly is good.

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