How many different stories do you work on at at time?

#1
I find myself constantly thinking about fiction. Probably too much. I often stumble upon a story concept that I think could make for a hell of an entertaining story, but I can't seem to justify working on it while also working on the other series I have already started and published first. 

So tell me, authors. How many different projects do you work on at once? One? Two? Ten? If you do manage to work on a bunch at a time, how do you make time for all of them?

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#3

Larnce Wrote: I find myself constantly thinking about fiction. Probably too much. I often stumble upon a story concept that I think could make for a hell of an entertaining story, but I can't seem to justify working on it while also working on the other series I have already started and published first. 

So tell me, authors. How many different projects do you work on at once? One? Two? Ten? If you do manage to work on a bunch at a time, how do you make time for all of them?


I definitely can't manage more than one. I might scribble the ideas for a different story here and there, but I wouldn't start writing it in earnest until the current project is either done or abandoned. 

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#4
I write on three. I only "work" on one.
One is my main production, another I touch only when inspired and want to polish it like a magnum opus.
Finally, I have the mirror of my main work. A place to decompress and explore all the tones that don't fit the tone of what I'm working on.

I can see where someone could get good at bouncing between two complimentary stories. Mostly serious and grim VS. mostly light and fun. Or whatever difference resonates with that author.

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#8
I'm actively working on three projects, with a fourth that is passively being "worked on" in the background. And I think that's somehow good for me, because as it is now I have three main sites I post my stories to. And each site likes all of those stories to differing degrees. Specifically, I Got A Rock is popular here and elsewhere while Guardian's Folly, Dryad's Melancholy is popular on another site. Between Mountains and Moons is cursed to sit at the number 2 spot on 2 separate sites behind two separate stories while dead last on that third site.

I guess the main benefit is that if I start a new story and it ends up being a dud, it's not the only one I'm working on. I plan to finish all of them, but it gets hard working through a story when there's either zero reaction or negative reactions.