Happy post-4th of July. Casey here.
Since it’s a long holiday weekend, this will be a short post.
I’m trying a little experiment that is designed to make sure I’m always writing something. I am concurrently writing two books at the same time.
Generally, I switch every other day. Right now the word count averages 1200-2000 per day depending on how much time I have.
It’s working great at the moment. But something I’ve long suspected is being proved true.
The first thirty thousand words are killer!!
I’ve discovered that I need at least that long before I can really get into my character’s heads. It’s like a giant uphill slog to get the first 30k down on the page. Usually after that, I can pick up speed and the plot rolls forward from there.
I am not sure how much longer I can write two books at once, because I’m sure I’ll have to commit the mental power to one universe at a time. And, of course, I have to be careful not to mix the worlds up or have two books that “sound” alike.
Anyone have a similar experience with the first thirty thousand (or whatever the magic number is for you)? And have you tried writing multiple books at the same time?