Monday, July 18, 2011

Deadline? Deadline.

It's been awhile since I did a goal-related post on Monday. Mainly because I struggle making reasonable goals. I give myself a timeline to get something done and I think it's TOTALLY REASONABLE...until it takes me 3x as long to complete the task as I expected.

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.)




  1. I have the same deadline... not sure I'll make it with all the other stuff going on, but I'm going to try. We'll have to keep tabs on each other!

  2. Why do you need to rewrite so much? Did you just get to the end and then hate your story? With that much work to do, it almost would seem easier to start over.

  3. Wait--what?! You're NOT a Lady of Leisure? You totally had me fooled, what with your TWO jobs and all. :)

    I suck at deadlines too. I have a hard time taking them seriously until they're right on top of me, and by then it's too late. Buckle down... you can do it!

    And good luck finding your tastefully slutty dress!

  4. Good luck!! I'm sure if you push yourself, you'll get it done. I'm going to start revising my WIP in August and my goal is to have it query-ready by the end of the year. We'll see if that happens!

    I'm jealous you're going to SCBWI LA. I really want to go next year!