One of the killers for any sort of project that you do in your own time is the lack of a deadline. If there is no time limit for when something has to be done, you’re relying on yourself to get it done in a reasonable time.
For some people this isn’t a problem. They’re self-disciplined enough to get the work done in a reasonable time. But for the rest of us, we’re not so lucky 🙂
Challenges like Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) are fantastic for helping to set goals with a time limit. However, I realised I needed something a bit more solid. To give myself even more incentive to complete the writing I need to do.
So yesterday I made several bookings with my editor (Red Adept – she rocks). I’ve booked editing time for short stories at the end of April, May, June and July, and I’ve also booked in Gears of Wonderland for editing in late August.
My hope is that with solid deadlines to get things done by, it will kick my brain into “gotta focus” mode. NaNoWriMo was fantastic for this, and with any luck this will have a similar effect.
What are the short stories about? No idea for the most part 🙂 I do know they will all be Atomic Wasteland Tales. But aside from the story that’s due in April, I can’t tell you much more than that.
Fingers crossed something comes to me by the time I’ve finished the current short story 😉