Deadlines…

Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.”

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As I read this quote – I am shaking my head at myself because I set myself a good and achievable deadline to finish my current manuscript. I said mid-June. Oh, it’s still a good deadline if I knuckle down and get some serious work done – today. The reason why it is almost whooshing past me is because over the long weekend we had a couple of weekends ago, I had the good intention to get some serious writing time in. But between a toothache, and having to do other things about the place, as well as reviewing an ARC, I only managed to get 500 words down – and then I got stuck and put the manuscript down.

Oh yes, I can also just about feel that serious ass-kicking  my crit partners are going to send my way as well. Never the less, my deadline was still mid-June, and I’ll make it if I can crank out 20,000 odd words today. Ha! But you know what? I’m actually alright with this. I know that I shouldn’t be, but there has been a lot going on, and besides… the small part where I got stuck, well. Obviously my planning was out, and I smacked into the wall when I couldn’t decide who had to die. Yeah. Still thinking about that. Been thinking about this small compounding issue for the past week. Ah, the joys of being a writer. I think I’ve almost worked it out though.

And in the meantime, my library is looking great – and it’s a really nice space to work in. I just have to refocus myself to get this manuscript done. End of June – absolute latest. That is the new timeline I am giving myself, because at some point, I’m just going to have to stop so that I can start the final edit of The Mediterranean Source. That is one book that definitely needs to be released from my literary drawer. I actually know that it will only take me two solid weeks of quality writing time to finish this manuscript, so I just have to knuckle down.

I know that there are people waiting with bated breath for the next installment of this trilogy – and I don’t want to let them down and keep them waiting, now, do I? After all… these are readers and friends that are investing their time in me, my writing, my characters and my worlds.  

So. End of June it is. I give you all full permission to slaughter my backside if I don’t pull this off. I already know my critique partners will be smacking me around to get this finished.

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  1. Maybe it would be easier to set a daily word count goal for yourself? Then little increment by little increment, it’ll actually get done. I know setting deadline dates never works for me. I always end up saying, “oh I’ll get started tomorrow.” Good luck!

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    1. Ha! Well… I tend to agree with you, but I need something to keep me motivated, between the evil day job, home life, and writing… 1000 at least per day and I should be alright 🙂

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