This is just a question going to to all writers, out of my own curiosity. I'm a new writer (at least a new full-time writer actually publishing my stuff now). I used to think I should focus on one novel, start to finish. Write, edit, publish (or submit to agents/publishers). But I found that isn't how it goes. At least not for me. I currently have 2 full-length novels in the works, 2 collections of short stories published (ebook style), another collection of short stories in the works, and I just started a NEW story, which I think will likely turn out to be a novella.
I'm just curious what other authors find has worked for them. How many works do you have going? Have you had more success with a certain length/type of work over another?
I have one in the works at the moment and notes for a couple of others. But with the research involved i tend to stick with one until its finished that way I am giving that project my full attention but I make sure any ideas that pop up that are more for my other ideas are noted for when I am ready for that task.
I am a new author however and may not be as talented as you on the imagination side so I personally think you should give yourself a pat on the back for creativity.
I have six novels on Amazon with a potential of four more completed.
This is not because I write novels quickly and then never proofread them or edit them or check them for spelling or grammar.
No. These novels have been intensive labors of love that have each taken months and months to write and edit and re-write.
So why do I have so many up and so quickly? Because I am older codger who has tried frustratingly to get my books published through conventional means for many years, some with more enthusiasm on my part and some with much less, and several with no effort at all having given up all hope that I could get someone interested.
And then somebody told me about Amazon. And now people are downloading my work. Money I don't care about, but will accept it on the principal of the thing. I am interested in readers.
I wrote 4 short stories over a 9 month period for a writing course and 'finished' each one first. I started the short I'm publishing this week
about a year ago (5000 words).
I then found myself going back and tinkering but glad it worked out this way as I didn't have e publishing in mind at the time so the temptation to write and get it on Amazon quickly didn't apply.
I've got another short i completed about December but the advice to leave it and let it mature (fester?) under the bed works for me as you see things and think 'Did I really write that so badly?' at least you have the opportunity to change it.