Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Drafts of March

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.

31 comments:

  1. Tell you what--I'll hold you to this if you hold me to my deadline! Same timeframe: end of March. I've got, oh... 32K words done, roundabout. So I've still got a long way to go!

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    1. *high five* Let's do this! You have a big head start on me, so I have some catching up to do.

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  2. You can do it!! Writing has to come first so taking a break from blogging sounds like a smart plan. Good luck/happy writing!

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    1. Thanks Ghenet! Yes...writing needs to come first. But I won't be taking a total break. I'll still be around.

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  3. Oh my, I have a goal also to finish my ms by the end of March. We should nudge each other along. Seriously. The best part??? March 31st is my birthday...and I'm going to be typing THE END on my first novel baby!! Then we're going to virtually, but together in spirit, party like it's 1999!! (Which is probably the last time I really did "party"! Sad, lol)

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    1. Yay! A finished ms will be the perfect birthday gift for yourself! You can do it!

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  4. I have faith in you. Keep us up to date.

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  5. The first thing you need to do is give yourself permission to put one thing down while you pick up something else. It sounds like you've done exactly that. Go forth and write! I look forward to hearing how you rocked your goal by the end of March!

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    1. I sure hope I can say that...or at least get close.

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  6. You can do it! My plan is to start my new draft on March 1 and get at least 30k done by the end of the month. I'm participating in this, which should be fun and keep me motivated: http://denisejaden.blogspot.com/2012/02/march-madness-writing-reading-and.html

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    1. YAY. Let's cheer each other on! :-D

      Oh, I did Denise's March Madness last year, I think. I should do that again.

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  7. You know I would totally do this with you. Finish my draft by the end of March. IT would be epic! I'll try and hold you too it! :)

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  8. Don't look behind and I have faith that you'll get back on track!

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  9. Gotta put the book first! Good luck with your deadline--I will hound you to the finish ;-)

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  10. Good for you girl-definitely put your draft FIRST and foremost. We will all be here when your time frees up. Best up luck and keep us posted!

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    1. Oh, I will definitely keep you posted. :-D

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  11. I'm with you on the blogging scale-back. I have been for a month or two now, and I've noticed a difference in my actual writing productivity, thankfully. Still, I've got a revision and a complete rewrite I'm supposed to be working on, both of which need to be done in the very near future. I'll hold you accountable if you help hold be accountable! And good luck with that draft!

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  12. I wish you all good things for finishing your WIP. :) And I hope you end up having so much to say that you can't stay away from your blog. :) --I'm selfish...what can I say?
    But mostly, I'm wishing you good things on your book.

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    1. I couldn't stay away from this blog if I tried! I'll still be around...just not every day.

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  13. Good luck! Keep at it :) A month is plenty of time!!

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  14. I am doing the same thing! I think there's no other choice, when you have such little time and such big goals.

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    1. Yup...you just have to cut some things out and go for it. Good luck, Red!

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