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Bunny-Like Plots

So I have been plotbunnied, yet again. I partly blame Katie, with whom I should probably not be allowed to associate when I'm feeling creative, but I also blame random people's journals which I've been surfing around tonight. Note to self: Liz, you do NOT need more ideas, so stop unconsciously looking for them. And summon that SW muse back from whatever rock it's hiding under so you can actually work on some of these damned ideas.



Anyway, it got me to thinking about ideas and plots and in what order I choose to write them, and in what order those of you on my f-list choose to write yours. Plotbunnies are monikered thus because not only do they seem to spring up uninvited out of nowhere, they also breed like, well, rabbits. I remember right after I finished classes last April I was going absolutely nuts with them. I had so many ideas I didn't know which I should write first, and they would not stop coming. I'd finish one fic and five more plots would pop up to replace it. I had no hope in hell of keeping up, so eventually I started an Ideas File, where I could write them all down before I forgot them, and work on them at my leisure. (Still haven't written most of 'em, by the way.)

You see, I'm a very methodical person. I can't have four or five or even two or three fics on the go at the same time in the same fandom. I get an idea, I percolate it until it's ready to make its way out, I grab my laptop, I type type type, I shoot it off to my beta reader and post it, then I go to work on the next idea. Multiple Star Wars fics, or multiple BSG fics, are just not in the cards for me. Strangely, I can have different fics on the go in different fandoms - thank goodness, because I think I'd go crazy otherwise! - but when it comes to two or more fics in the same fandom, I get confused and scattered and don't end up doing justice to any of them.

For an example of this you need look no further than the To Ignite the Stars/Desert Rose debacle of last year. Now, to be fair to my muse, that was an unusual event. It's VERY rare for me to get bunnied for two longfics in the same fandom, within the same year. But last year I was, and I thought, "Hey cool, I can use New Idea for NaNoWriMo since you're not allowed to use stuff you're already working on!" It worked for maybe ... fifteen days, and then I started to feel the Magic Pull of TIS once again. Long story short, Desert Rose has been basically abandoned, and I'm not sure when I'll work on it again. Never say never, but it's certainly not going to be soon.

So, I can't work like that. It's just not me, and I've largely come to terms with that fact. Same thing with shortfics. I can't write two at once, except for one very rare exception, and even that ... the two stories I wrote concurrently were in BSG fandom and quite frankly I'm not particularly proud of either of them. I think they suffered for being written at the same time and I've tried to swear off doing it, because I know at the end of the day I won't be pleased with myself if I do.

BUT. Big, fat but. What do you do if you get bunnied for two or three projects at once, and you are like me and can only write one thing at once? How do you choose what to write? And how do you keep yourself from forgetting the ideas you're not working on at the time?

My personal methods vary, but I keep an Idea File on my computer and write down plotbunnies as they occur to me, like a sort of "fic to-do list." Generally that keeps them at bay until I can get around to turning them into fic, and it also soothes my worries about potentially forgetting a really cool idea. (Which to date has never happened, but hey, paranoia is alive and well and residing within me, okay? XD) And yes, I do grapple with the question of which to write first, and am in fact grappling with that now, so it's not exactly a perfect solution.



So, question for you, f-list: how do you handle multiple writing projects at once? Are you like me and have to write them one at a time? Or can you do two or three or four or five at once? If so, how? How do you keep track of your different projects? How do you decide which one to write when?

*goes back to fighting with her muses*
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