"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they fly by.". - Douglas Adams No doubt you are familiar with that quote. I wish I had that kind of attitude towards deadlines, but my recent academic career seems to have beaten it out of me. Worse still, I approach deadlines rather like an outlaw on the top of a train: I'll duck under them at the last moment, risking life and limb to make it.
I had two major deadlines to meet this month, and both of them saw me up at midnight working for several days before. Neither piece is what I would call my best work, and yet they could be passably good first drafts. Unfortunately, I submitted both as final, to-be-read-by-the-public, drafts, and I have to live with it. Blast.
Deadlines tend to work in my favor on short pieces, under 5,000 words or thereabouts. I can bang out a snippet of porn or a quick character study with nary a glance at the clock. Longer than that, though, and I'm in trouble. I'm not a good outliner, and I'm working on that, but I need a roadmap to write even 10k stories, and my outlining process and my attitude towards deadlines just don't mix.
May might mark the last real (i.e. not self-imposed) deadline I have this year (does not include signing up for future masochism), so I'm going to make an effort to work more methodically, finish up projects that have been languishing, and get the bigger ones moving again. By the end of the summer I'd like to wrap up all the small things and be ready for an autumn of long works and NaNoWriMo. You heard it here first; hold me to it.
There, see? Another deadline. How are you about deadlines? Love 'em or hate 'em?
Coming soon: June 1st - Make a Play goes live, including my sporty, romantic short Hard D June 1st - TRR Sizzling Summer Reads event starts: look for my Q&A on the 16th to win a copy of Busy Doing Nothing June all month - Love Has No Boundaries event In the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads is posting free stories regularly. Keep an eye out for The Ideal Cut, release date unknown!