Happy Friday everyone. Casey Wyatt here.
One announcement first – on September 23, we will have a special guest blogger – Frankie Robertson. She’s a traditional and indie published author. Join us next week to hear more about her journey.
Now back to your regularly scheduled post.
See the rabbit? Aww…what cute little ears and soft bunny feet. Don’t be fooled. He’s a tyrant.
Whenever I start another book, I hear him in the background. An incessant timekeeper spurring me along – “You’re late.You’re late. For a very important date….”
For those of you following my blog, you know that in July, I wrote the entire draft of The Undead Space Initiative. It clocked in at almost 80,000 words. In order to accomplish this feat, I had to plan ahead of time. I didn’t “pants” my way through the book.
During the plotting phase, the White Rabbit or Naggy Bunny shows up (I know between him and the Doubt Monster, how do I have any sanity left?). I won’t lie. I feel the pressure of years upon me. Like I don’t have all the time in the world. I must finish (whatever I’m working on) – NOW! The fate of the universe (well, my universe) depends on it.
Pshaw! This urgency is all self-imposed.
Here’s one of my secrets – I must have a deadline or I won’t achieve my goal. I’ve always operated like this and I figure, once I sell a book (or indie pub it), I’ll have to work to a deadline. Best get used to it. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall into the – I have all the time in world – trap.
If you find yourself floundering, try my trick. Maybe it will work for you too. I’m not suggesting you run off willy-nilly with no plan in place. Nor does this mean, you should stay in your house, foregoing all fun. All I’m suggesting – have a plan and try to stick to it.
How do you handle your time? Do you procrastinate? Or do you have the Naggy Bunny chasing you around too? And for our published guests – how do cope with deadlines?