And now for another week with Alina Chase. This week she talks about making realistic deadlines. I, for one, have a bad tendency to set deadlines I wish I could meet instead of deadlines I am able to meet. Here’s what she has to say…
Triple Your Timeline
Before you beat yourself up (again) about not finishing your manuscript, take an objective look at what you can realistically accomplish.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes your favorite author to write a book. It doesn’t matter how long you think it should take you or how long you would like for it to take. What matters is finding a pace that’s right for you so that you can enjoy the process as much as the results.
In a productive week, how much do you write? At that rate, calculate how long it will take to finish your book or screenplay or collection of poems. Though you can begin to write more often and learn to write more productively, as of today, this is the minimum amount of time it will take for you to finish.
Now triple that timeline.
Why? Because you haven’t included the time it will take to reread, rethink and revise. You haven’t considered that some weeks you won’t write well. And some weeks you won’t write at all.
There will be illnesses and vacations, funerals and births, divorces and marriages. There will be new jobs that distract you, new puppies that chew up your laptop.
Set timelines you can live with!