I recently read an article on the value of having multiple projects going at any given time. (My apologies - I can't remember where I was when I read it, so cannot give credit where credit is due). The author suggested that by having many things at once, one always had something to work on. If one project was stalled, go write on something else for awhile.
Now, for those of us with writing ADD, this is a little bit of a scary proposal. I'd never finish anything!!! Here's what I noticed, though, and it gave me hope:
Never does the author count research, web surfing, or other "writerly" activities as writing. No matter what, the idea is to get words on the page. Whether you write a sentence or two on a nebulous something-or-other that's wandering about in your head or you write a chapter of your novel-in-progress, you are writing. Always.
I like this. I've said on my own blog that writing begets more writing, and I really do believe this. But there's only so much one can do if the current project is not moving. Sometimes you need to do something else in order to free up the subconscious to work on the problem. If your something else is, say, playing marbles, you haven't done any writing and your habit suffers. If the something else is a short story, a poem, even freewriting, you're still writing. You're still working the writing muscle.
The author of the article suggests that this technique actually makes you more productive. I can certainly see that possibility. Anyone finding this works for them? Do you finish things?