Can You Write Two Books at the Same Time?

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The bed in my office is always a mess

One of the questions I was asked at a recent school visit was Can you write two books at the same time?

Yes I can, but they have to be of different genres. For example I can work on a picture book and a junior novel, or a picture book and a YA novel but NEVER a junior novel and a YA novel at the one time.

This is because I inhabit the setting of my story, I walk around inside it, familiarising myself with its smells and noises and peculiar atmosphere. Then I get inside the heads of all my characters, especially my protagonist. It would be totally confusing therefore to have two main characters in two different settings inhabiting my mind at the same time telling me what to do. Not to mention trying to follow the plotline of each novel.

How is it with other writers? Are you able to work on two books at once?

5 thoughts on “Can You Write Two Books at the Same Time?

  1. Hey Gabrielle. My name’s Luka.

    I’m a writer and am writing 2 books. One is a Fantasy book, like Lord of the Rings;
    And the other is a Magic book, like Harry Potter.
    It’s so fun writing to at the same time, but it can get annoying because I have to be in the mood to write one or the other.

  2. Hey Gabrielle. My name’s Luka.

    I’m a writer and am writing 2 books. One is a Fantasy book, like Lord of the Rings;
    And the other is a Magic book, like Harry Potter.
    It’s so fun writing two at the same time, but it can get annoying because I have to be in the mood to write one or the other.

    1. Hi Luka,

      Wow! You are doing really well writing two books at the same time. I know exactly what you mean when you say you have to be in the right mood.
      Good luck!

      Gabrielle

  3. The problem is I’m writing a book but sometimes I get ideas for another book. Then I feel like writing two books at the same time, but it’ll be hard. What do I do?

    1. That is always a problem but concentrate on the book that excites you. If another idea comes then write it down but go back to your original. Or maybe they belong in the same story together.

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