Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Dates and Deadlines

How can a person be simultaneously hardworking and lazy, driven and a procrastinator? Easy if, like me, you are a deadline follower. Give me a project and an end date and I'll get it finished, there may be a few hours wasted on Facebook followed by an all-nighter or two but I'll make it, possibly with an hour or so to spare - although I did once have to take an exam in my pyjamas after leaving the revision a little too late... Leave me to my own devices however and the procrastinator takes over. This may explain why I managed 50,000 words during Nano in Nov but only edited one chapter and wrote a synopsis in December. Yes it was Christmas, but I was off work, yes my other half had a bad case of man-flu leaving me as a single parent for two weeks but I still managed to watch a lot of mediocre TV. I need something definite to work for. Which is where New Years resolutions are so very, very handy. Along with getting fit (!), being more self-confident and cutting down on the wine I have resolved that in 2011 I will edit and submit Write for Love, finish Harland and Loveday and write at least one more book.
Ambitious? a little (especially the getting fit and cutting down on wine)but before being stricken down with man-flu my OH bought the perfect Christmas present for a wannabe romance writer: an 8 week course with bestselling M&B author Jessica Hart starting at the end of the month. Happy 2011!


Julia Broadbooks said...

I know that the Nano deadline really made me focus on getting the work done NOW. If something can be put off, I'll put it off to watch reruns of Bones on TV. I'm trying to do more things that have at least self-imposed deadlines this week.

And trying to stick to a respectable bedtime to avoid the temptation to stay up late to compensate.

Alexandra said...

Oh yes, I know what you mean. I've completed three Nanos now and after working really hard to reach the deadline, Christmas suddenly taps on your shoulder and the impetus is lost. New Year resolutions, even a new year is good for filling you with optimism as the whole year is stretched out before us. Good luck to all of us and hopefully we'll all complete our manuscripts.