Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The In-Betweens

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
Copyright 1944 Johnny Mercer

Mr. InBetween turns up again in this Australian TV series. He’s big again, that Mister.

But I’m mulling over a different In-Between. I’m in between two projects. Different revisions, different stories, one done the other about to begin.
This is necessary In Between time.

I know writers who work on different manuscripts simultaneously. I know writers who jump from one to the other without any down time. I know writers who plan one, draft another, and revise a third and a forth in the same week.

I tried some limited version of this when I was in the midst of a first draft and a requested revision to a different novel manuscript came, with some time sensitive matter. I worked on the first draft (practically sacred time for me) during the week, and revision on the weekend. That sort of worked. Sort of, because it would have been better to separate the narrative voices by more than a day in each direction.

So, at least for me, In Between Time is part of the process. Call me Mrs. InBetween without worries about my taking it as messing. It’s the exact opposite. It’s a way of assuring clarity and creative purpose that is not messy.


Vijaya said...

Mirka, it's so good you know your own process. For novels I can only work on one at a time, but the shorts are everpresent for me--I need them for my sanity :)

Evelyn said...

I enjoy hearing about how you do your creative work, Mirka. As you say, authors have many different ways that work for them individually.

Cherdo said...

Usually, I hyper-focus on one project at a time. Live and breathe it till it's done and then I more on to the next obsession.

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Mirka Breen said...

Never underestimate sanity :)

Mirka Breen said...

I continue to marvel at the ones who write two novels simultaneously. :o

Mirka Breen said...

Yup, me also :P

Kelly Hashway said...

I can't write two books at the same time, but I can revise one while writing another. And I do jump right from one book to the next, but that's because my schedule forces me to. It's not always easy, but you do get used to it the more you're forced to do it.

Mirka Breen said...

If anyone can do it well, you can, Kelly.

janlcoates said...

Love that picture! And my problem is I'll get excited about a couple of projects at once - then end up finishing neither of them. So, I have A LOT of partially-written projects on file:)

Mirka Breen said...

Aha! I think you just illuminated something. I have a horror of half-finished projects. This may explain why I must work on one-at-a-time.