Friday, July 18, 2008

Setting Goals and Deadlines in Editing

This is something I've never done before: work on a deadline. Generally, in writing, I just write when I want to. Now, I've got something of a schedule just by nature--I tend to write for so long each week, not by personal mandate, just by habit and desire. But with this novel, I did have a deadline to finish writing (before I went to Europe).

Now I think I need a deadline for editing. I hate editing, so maybe I'll finish if I set a deadline. So: all revisions and editing done (at least for the first round) by August 15th. That's just before school starts up again, so if I can finish by then, I've got a shot at maybe starting to submit during school.

And for this week: Cut 13 pages to bring the action to a head by page 50.

Nothing like some goals! Now, I'd better go get to work before my Spartan conscience stabs me!


PJ Hoover said...

Deadlines and goals are good. Helps create that sense of urgency.

Keri Mikulski said...

Yes, deadlines are good and bad.. They're good because I get stuff done, but bad because sometimes they drive me insane. Like locked away in my room for hours insane. :) Enjoy!

Unknown said...

Yeah...I definitely get a feeling of being locked away! I've been working on this all day, and here's the stats:

-Originally, the passage was 64 pages
-Now, the passage is 54

I've only got to cut it down by four more pages, and I'm willing to be a little lenient and only do 2-3. But I'm staring at the pages and wondering what on earth else I could cut. I need a break...I'm going to go see Batman instead!!!