Every author faces deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise. And every wise author meets those deadlines. If your publisher is expecting a manuscript by a certain date, then an author needs to do all in their power to make sure they meet that goal. If they don't it snarls things up all along the line.
1. Know yourself. Know what kind of writer you are.
- Do you write better under pressure or do you wilt away?
- Are you a fast writer?
- Do you need time between drafts?
- Space out deadlines so they are realistic.
- Consider major holidays and vacations and life events for not only you but your family.
- Look at your non-writing responsibilities to see what will be pressing on you near deadline-time.
- Put in a little wiggle room for the unexpected like out-of-town guests or an illness.
3. Set manageable goals
- Get out your calendar and determine how many days you have vs. how much you need to write or edit.
- Make sure to factor in some days off...for me, I don't write or edit on Sundays.
- Set some benchmark dates, i.e By X date, I will be 1/2 way through my ms.
4. Find ways to ease your schedule.
- Do some meal-prep ahead of time.
- Say no to some activities and opportunities. Make your deadline your priority.
- Delegate some chores around the house, or put some chores off.
- Turn off whatever distracts you...the TV, Facebook, whatever. (I am bad at this!)
How do you handle deadlines in your life? Do you relish them or loathe them or just deal with them as they come?
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