WIP Update

I realise I’ve only blogged once since the A to Z Challenge ended.  I have every intention of blogging/writing/whatever, but something always gets in the way.  It’s odd, because I was really busy during April, yet because I had signed up to do the challenge, I managed to blog every single day.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past few days.  I miss writing.  I have a couple of writing projects on the go, but I miss the slog of writing big – course assignments not included.  I miss my WIP and my characters.  Every day, I intend to open up my document and work on it, but every day I don’t.  I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all a matter of priorities.  I always have time to feed and dress the kid, I make time for my coursework and basic cleaning because I HAVE TO.  If I have a deadline for writing or edits, I get that done, because I HAVE TO.  Blogging and novel-writing – not so much.  There is no deadline set in stone, so I can leave it until tomorrow.  If I don’t blog today, nobody dies, nothing goes disastrously wrong, I just do it tomorrow.  Same with my novel.  This has to change.  To fulfil my dream of having a published novel, I actually need to get off my bum and write a novel.

There are things which will always have to come first – like the kid – but not having deadlines is hindering my performance.  So, ladies and gentlemen, *drum roll* I will have a reworked first draft of my current WIP by the 30th August.  That gives me three months.  Plenty of time if you consider I managed 50k words in 30 days for NaNo 2010.  Easy peasy, eh?  Now, lets cross everything that my cunning little strategy works.

2 thoughts on “WIP Update

  1. Setting goals and personal deadlines is the only way to get things done. Knowing you have someone to check in with, be accountable is also helpful. I set a read-through date for my play, so I HAD to have it done, copied, and ready to read.

    Best wishes!

  2. rebeccaemin says:

    It’s a fantastic idea to set a deadline, you’ve done a good thing here. The key, now, is to keep reminding yourself about it and also to get other people to nudge you (this blog post is a good start!). Good luck, Emma. It’s really not easy to find time when you have young children, so well done for being so determined.

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