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Writing Two Books at Once: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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It’s difficult enough to write just one book, so why would anyone try to write two (or more) at a time? Well, the industry is more competitive than ever. If you self-publish, you have the opportunity to produce several books in the space of a few months. If you have a steady publisher, they’ll want you to produce a book every year to keep your name on the new release lists.

You might want to write in several different genres. Or you may be balancing a pen name or two with your main author identity. All of these can create demands to produce more books at a faster rate than if you were to focus on one book at a time.

Now to be clear, I’m not saying you have to do this, or that you should see it as a long-term way of working (unless you enjoy the workload, then go for it). But sometimes it would be nice to manage the extra workload, and I’m here to help you do it and retain your sanity at the same time.

1: Why I am Writing Two Books at Once – Author Mike Vardy explains how he wound up writing two books at the same time, and how he’s managed to do it.

2: How to Work on More Than One Book at a Time – This is an older post from the always wise Joanna Penn, detailing the challenges and changes she had to deal with while working on 4 books simultaneously.

3: 5 Ways to Write More Than One Book at a Time – While more generic than the previous two articles, this piece outlines a number of techniques to use when trying to work on several books together.

4: The Drafting Cycle – In this article we zero in on a specific technique; the Drafting Cycle. You’ll learn how to stagger your work and make progress in different areas and at different paces.

5: Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Writing Multiple Novels at Once – It wouldn’t really be a useful links article if I didn’t include a post about mistakes, would it? Writing multiple novels presents all new challenges and pitfalls, so be sure to avoid these.

That’s all for this week. If you are in a position where you have to write several novels at once, then more so than ever, good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt