Setting realistic writing deadlines

Deadline_logoOr not! So, it seems that I have left myself two weeks to complete my second draft of Paris Next Week. I’m not panicking though. Generally I find that the second half of a manuscript is less of a mess than the first half. I’m hitting my stride and have usually by this stage of the work, sorted out my characters.

What I have to do in the next two weeks is to read the rest of the manuscript, approximately 110 pages and check continuity and readability .(I’m not doing a lot of word by word scanning – that will be done in a later draft). The main thing I want to do in this second draft is to get rid of the remaining 106 hashtags which highlight points of research that I must check.

For instance the last three hashtags were:

The date the Clifton Gardens Hotel was built. 1871.
The date the amphitheatre at Bradleys Head was built. Yes, I know! Easy for some of you – in 2000 for Mission Impossible II.
An English perfume not too earthy and not too flowery that was around before WWI. White Rose by Floris.

These have been done and I now have 103 hashtags to go! Of course what I should have done to avoid this last minute deadline was to break down the number of weeks before my deadline and to set a realistic word count for each week. But hey, life has got in the way and time has flown. Hopefully you will be little less tardy with your planning.

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2 thoughts on “Setting realistic writing deadlines

  1. Deadlines suck. I try to avoid setting them whenever possible. But then, that’s because I am SUCH an erratic writer, totally undisciplined. But editing and publishing a magazine requires said discipline, so when needed I answer the call. Remarkably, I find, the tighter the d-line, the better I do. I kind of enjoy the pressure.
    It comes down to finding what works. There’s nothing like priting copy while the page editor awaits! Love your stuff,
    Arjohn

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    • Thanks so much. Yep they can be sort of helpful lol. I’m working to another deadline – a talk on Australian war brides that I’m giving on the 1st. Yikes! And I’ve only just started getting everything together.

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