Why Work On Too Many Things At The Same Time?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself lately.  I’m working on a new novel, which focuses on a brother/sister relationship, a piano prodigy, a schizophrenic mother, a guilt-ridden father, a conniving committee, and who knows what else before it’s all done. Keeps me up at night thinking about what bad things might happen to characters I love. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’d also like to write a sequel to “I Am the Gratest,” and would also like to — need to — revise my previous novel, the one I alternatively call “Displaced” or “1946: A Novel.”  How do I create enough time in the day to do all that and maintain my career as a lawyer?

The question itself suggests the obvious answer, i.e., if it’s clear that too many things are on the burners, move some of them off for a while.  Yet, it’s not that simple.  The creative urge cannot be easily chopped into pieces such that some of them are ignored while the rest get to play.  So I will accept that I have an inner need to pursue a lot of projects simultaneously.  I will tell myself that it’s not healthy to fight that inner need.  With luck, the projects will emerge when and as they can.


About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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