This post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group set up by Alex Cavanaugh and is again a day late, so apologies Alex. Yesterday I was having an emotional breakdown, but us writers do tend to have those days don’t we?
Anyway, this month I have realised that I need to get off my arse, or should I say on my arse? Because I need to have more bum in seat time and get some serious writing done. I find the more time I have, the better I am at procrastinating. But give me a deadline and I work like a mad woman to hit it and a deadline is indeed looming and I’ve realised I need to be that crazy lady to hit it.
At the end of last year I told agent Kate that I would have book two written by October this year. I know – why?! So I’m tapping away adding words to book two and it’s progressing, but I’ve realised not fast enough. Not to hit that self-imposed deadline, which I’m sure agent Kate wouldn’t even mind if I went over, as it was a self-given date. But a date is a date and I want to do it.
So now it’s time to get serious and here’s how I’m going to do it;
- I’m going to get the first draft written by the time I go to Theakstons Crime writing festival at Harrogate which is 17th July.
- This means that before I do anything else at my laptop, I shall open up my manuscript and add some words to it. I will prioritise. I will put my manuscript and writing before social networking. I will. This means that some things may slip due to the fact that with my health issues fatigue may stop me keeping up with everything as I focus on the writing.
- I will focus on one goal at a time and this first goal is the first draft.
- Getting the first draft down is getting the skeleton of the story down. I will not get bogged down and lost in research until I have that draft and know exactly what it is I need.
I do have an ulterior motive for wanting to stick to this deadline as well. I have another story itching the inside of my brain just waiting to be looked at to see if it can work.
Do you work better to deadlines or with a long running period of time to work at your leisure. Are you good at time management?