I have a deadline. One I imposed on myself, but to make sure all the rest of my plans fall into place, I need to make this darned deadline. My current WIP needs finished by March 31.
Am I going to make it?
Yes—well, I hope so.
I’ve been suffering lately from writer’s block. Well, not really, I’ve been finding ways to distract myself. I hate when I start doing that. I don’t have time to be distracted. I have to write!
I have a ton of things I have to do this summer.
I want to finish the re-edit and polishing on one of my contemporary Westerns to get it out there and submitted—that is if the current editor who still has the partial don’t really throw a grenade into my plans and request a full… Note to all concerned—DON’T SUBMIT WORK THAT’S NOT REALLY READY. Sure the three chapters I sent her were polished to a spit-shine, but the rest of the book—all 100,000 words of it—not so much.
Then I need to write the third book of my paranormal series. And let’s not forget the promotion, as in the way of a month long blog tour and picking up as many stops on my own along the way, I have planned in July and August for the release of the first book of the series. I’ve started writing a lot of those blogs already and want to write a heck of a lot more after I finish my current WIP on March 31.
Not to mention the volunteering I do for the RWA, critiquing for my fantastic CPs, and I do work full-time and have a family, home, and just living to take care of, too.
And who knows what else might be coming down the pike—HOPEFULLY, I’ll also be doing edits on book 2 and my current WIP for editors who have them under contract.
So, back to my question, will I make my self-imposed deadline—probably, because I learned a long time ago to budget my time. And I’ll reward myself for completing the task on time.
I think the smartest thing I ever started doing was imposing deadlines on myself. I do this every day. By doing so, I get things done—including reading a little along the way and doing family things and even cleaning the toilet. I don’t doddle on the internet when I know I have things that need done. I may not get them done until the end of the day, but I get them done.
How do you manage your time so that you complete all that needs to be done?