Question of the day: How many manuscripts do you work on at once?
I was thinking about this question, and it reminded me of a brief period of time in high school when I made the misguided decision to take both Spanish and French at the same time. What happened was not that I excelled at both languages, rather I found myself spitting out Spanish words in French class, and Spench (that's a mash up of both of them) in Spanish class, since French was my more dominant language.
In other words, it was a disaster. A well-intentioned on, perhaps, but my brain just couldn't hack it.
The same holds true for me and writing. I simply cannot fully immerse myself in the voice of my protagonist while listening to another voice in the back of my head. Actually, I haven't even tried it. It sounds too exhausting, too confusing. For me, so much about creating my books comes from 100% understanding the world of my heroine (and her supporting players), that if I remove myself from that even a little bit, the writing becomes much, much harder.
Currently, in fact, I'm working on a screenplay while juggling edits of The Memory of Us. I find myself mixing up my heroines' names, having to backtrack to ensure that I haven't swapped in details of one for the other, etc. I'm doing both of them now because it's necessary on my time frame, but I cannot even imagine the mental havoc that would ensure if I were to do this with two manuscripts.
So that's my thing. I KNOW that a lot of others DO manage to juggle - maybe if you're writing two different genres, it's easier? So the characters and plots don't really morph into each other? That may be the case. I'd love to hear...do you write more than one work at a time, and if so, how do you manage it?