A view at deadlines…
I know I’ve written about this topic already, but I’d like to reiterate that when bumps happen in the road of your personal life the writing deadlines still remain. You may be going through something that interrupts your life, or changes your comfortable writing routine, and you may not feel the inspiration to write, but you still have to write.
I’m learning this. Oh am I.
My first brush with deadline reality was when the family caught the flu in the middle of revisions. It was a 2-week domino effect of virus swapping. I didn’t have the energy to write or edit while taking care of my family and myself. It put me behind my personal deadlines. I also had another project I owed my agent. I had a lot of catching up to do.
Well, the other project I had readied for my agent, paid off and sold–hooray!–and more deadlines were added. I didn’t let this freak me out because I want to write full-time and this is what I should expect, right?
I can only thank goodness I spaced my deadlines apart as much as possible, because I’m learning things come up that alter your plans. Such as my mother retiring and making a residence change a year earlier than planned. You might think, what does this have to do with you?
A lot, since I’m the only one to help her with this change and adjust to her new lifestyle. I am squeezing in writing, but I feel the pressure of the deadlines even though I still have months until I reach them. Like everyone, I also have personal life obligations that need to be taken care of as well. And I want my stories to be the best that I am capable of writing and as I’m making my way through extra obstacles, writing life and inspiration can get a little stressful.
Luckily the moms will be settled within a couple of days and I can let the stress level relax again. I can focus more on my current project. I can write!! *laughs*
Yes, personal life with writing deadlines is not a day at the beach. So note to self: plan for bumps in the road and always keep deadlines as far apart as possible.