Do you ever have to juggle too many characters or too many storylines?
No, when one pops into my head I just write down the name or idea, eventually more bits and pieces come and I just jot them down, whether they are story lines or characters. With characters I just tell them to wait until I have time to get back to them, they usually do. If one is insistent, I usually find that it is someone bursting to get into the piece I'm already working on. I think all writers deal with it in a different way.
is 38 novels at once too many story lines?
almost all of my novels are started, some half done some a minor plot others completed, a few - just the titles. i've never written an idea down, i just push it aside until i want it, the story is in my subconsious and i bring it out for reminding occasionally, thats when i decide if i want to write the story or wait till later. i have about 6 that are waiting for me to start them, but i know what i want to write. i just don't want to write them right now.
i have an over active imagination and i can switch from one novel to another on a completley different style and go with it... as long as i have read the last sentence i can pick up the story instantly, don't worry, it even sounds weird to me.. apparently there's no other writers in our entire family, not one.
i've never done the traditional layout of plot and charachters what the chapter is going to be, i don't even know HOW to do it that way LOL i did try to once tho, and got completely confused. and i have one i'm writing by hand just to make myself actualy try it that way, but as a rule, i just throw it out there and it works. my stories build themselves, i just have the hands and keyboard, one of my series started as one book, and i wrote a synopsis which seemed to be reasonable to add more titles so i did, i guess thats a plot, but all of those got started at the same time they just got cut an pasted ito their own little books.
i htink i had a brain transplant at birth cos its like someone else is doing the writing, i feel like a stranger when i read what i wrote... not sure if this is normal or not, but would be interesting to find out why my brain works that way. LOL maybe i should throw that as a Q lol see who else does that...
If you mean: is there difficulty keeping them straight? I would say no, as far as characters go. The characters you create should be internal to yourself, in a way aspects of yourself. No one knows "you" better than you do, right?
Storylines? I just let it flow. I have a "loosey-goosey" style of plotting. I don't use outlines or anything like that. I just put down what feels write at the time, and I do very little re-writing. Most of the time, my best work is that which I do quickly. The faster and (with a greater sense of ease) I write something, (I believe) the easier it will be for the reader to read it. This may or may not be true, but it is what I go by.
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