Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Final Push

Two and a half.  I only have two and a half chapters left to rewrite in DLN.  That means it's time for The Final Push.  You know the one, where you write like mad to meet a deadline - real or imagined.

Or maybe it's just me.

Anyway, as my husband just pointed out, it's almost March.  I wanted to have this draft done by the end of February.  That leaves me with five writing days to get through two and a half chapters.  In the first draft, that equaled 20 pages.  Roughly 5000 words that will probably end up being more like 7K by the time I get done.  When I think about it that way, it's definitely do-able.

If my hands let me type, that is.  Time to break out the Aspercreme and suck it up.

Once I get through those words, I should be able to jump right back to the beginning for the next round of edits.  No rest for the wicked, right?  I'm still shooting for the end of March to beta this sucker.  I can keep that deadline if I don't run into any snags - and there are couple snaggy spots I still have to smooth out.  (Like the denoument that I think works, but is just the MC and her ex lying on the grass talking.)

Okay, now my eyes keep getting drawn to where I left off on the story.  If I'm going to accomplish any writing before I start my day, I have to stop blogging and get to work.  I'll be back later.

Meanwhile... If you're published, do you work well to deadline or do you rush to meet it?  If you're unpublished like me, do you give yourself deadlines and make yourself stick to them?


  1. That is really fantastic!! To meet your goal (even if you end up being a few days off) and to have a book finished is such a great feeling! You should really congratulate yourself. And, it never hurts to take a week off so you're looking at it with fresh eyes when you go through to edit!

    AS far as me, I need work on setting goals, much less meeting them!

  2. *jumps up and down with pompoms!*

    Over the summer I give myself deadlines-- mostly weekly word counts. During the school year I have no deadline. My only goal is to write as much as I possibly can.