Writing a novel, a piece at a time, over a year, was an interesting challenge, but it had a nice little side effect where if I didn’t want to write much one week, I could instead do outlining and notes, push that off to after the publish date, and produce a section of story that was smaller, simpler, more indulgent. It helped the story gather momentum.
With the Mycroft stories, which are short, I can’t really do that. Tomorrow’s piece has to wrap up the second case. It has to. I don’t get to push that off until later and instead fill tonight’s piece. It’s just an interesting different gear of discipline.