I'm having a tough time focusing this week, and I think I've finally figured out why. I have three projects going at once, and I'm not used to that.
Usually I immerse myself in one imaginary world at a time. But now I'm working on polishing my little gecko story, majorly revising my V-Day novel (before I start on Round 2 of querying), and trying to finish my Back novel's first draft.
It's tough, but I know this is what real writers do all the time. It's part of the business. The only problem is, I don't feel like I'm making any significant headway on any of these projects because my brain just isn't there. So much of writing depends on the quality of percolation time ... the time you spend thinking through plot and character reactions. When I'm standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes, I'm not quite sure which project to think about first, and then my brain wastes a lot of time jumping back and forth between them.
Have you been forced to multi-task like this before? How did you handle it?