Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm dealing with revision right now and I really want to give myself a deadline. I've done the super easy changes and the medium changes, and now I'm dealing with the BIG changes. Changes to characters, major changes to sub-plots. writing new chapters, deleting and combining useless chapters, etc. It's a lot of work, and I want to stay on task. I have a few good reasons to get this done as quickly as possible, but I don't want to rush for the sake of rushing and do a crap job.
How do you set your own deadlines? How do you know what a reasonable amount of time to finish things is?
I would love to have this all wrapped up before SCBWI LA. On one hand, I feel like that is more than reasonable. On the other hand, I can see that deadline coming and going with me only fixing like two of my major issues.
I guess I'll just go ahead and set that as my deadline. If I finish early, YAY. But I never finish things early, so hopefully it will force me to work my butt off to get it done.
SO, will you guys help me stick to this deadline? Revised ms by SCBWI LA? That's a little over two weeks. I know it may seem like a lot of time for some of you Super Writers, but I am dealing with MASSIVE ADD, a trip to Vegas, some uncertainty on exactly how to implement some of these changes, a needy dog, 150 hours of curriculum work I need to fit in, and trying to work as much as possible at the restaurant to make money. So it's not like I'm a total Lady of Leisure over here. (Ugh, even as I typed this I thought of 100 other things that will take time between now and then, such as shopping for a tastefully slutty dress or two for Vegas.)
I AM GOING TO DO THIS!
HOLD ME TO IT, PLEASE!