Back at the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to finish my draft of my new project by the end of March. I even told this deadline to my former writing instructor, who is actually keeping a calendar and following up on the deadlines of many of his former students.
So, a March deadline was all well and good when it was January 1st and the months spread out in front of me. But then I had a few weeks of indecision and I actually decided to switch projects, essentially dumping the 10k words I had on the project I decided not to pursue right now. I have been jamming on the newest thing, but not all of my writing time is spent actually writing new words...there is a lot of planning involved, you know? Lots of brainstorming and frantic emails to my writing group, my CPs, and my writing buds as I try to figure out where to take these characters.
Now it's the end of February and I'm staring down the beginning of the end. I have 15k words and a rough outline and a vague plan and a month to get it all down, or else I will face the wrath of my (not very) scary writing instructor and the judgment of everyone else on the writing facebook group he manages, as well as the rotten tomatoes that all of you are going to throw at me. (Why you guys so mean?)
I mentioned awhile ago that I was thinking about scaling back my blogging, and it looks like that is going to have to happen...at least until I finish my draft, anyway. I'm still going to participate in Road Trip Wednesday when I can, and I'll be posting Bookanista recommendations as long as I have books to pimp out, but aside from that I'm only going to blog when I actually have something to say. Crazy idea, huh? I love having a post every day, but when I don't come to this blogging page with something I know I want to say then I find I can spend HOURS trying to come up with a post, and that's time that I could be using to finish this draft.
I'm trying to avoid public humiliation, you know.
I really want you guys to hold me to this deadline. I really want to meet it. I really want to have this draft done by the end of March. Can I do it? I promise I'll check in and let you know how it ends up if you promise to publicly shame me if I don't get there.