Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve come to a point where I am staring at my current writing challenge, which is to write the remaining 29000 words of the 30k romance novella I am writing by the end of February, and I realise I am utterly, irrefutably doomed. Sure, I have ten days left, including today. But it is already late in the day today. Tomorrow I work. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, I go away on a mini holiday. Saturday…actually Saturday could work. But then Sunday I am going to an all day music festival, next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I’m working again, and then it’s supposed to be finished (the novella, I mean).
I am looking at this schedule, and just simply cannot foresee any way in which I could write so much during that time. I mean, I can think of one way, but it essentially involves not sleeping at all – a path I find myself unwilling to travel down.
So, either I can just cross my fingers and hope for a miracle, I can invent a time machine, or I need to bend the rules slightly. I am still determined to finish 12 novellas over the course of this year, and I didn’t want the novellas to overlap into each other. But what I am considering, at least a little, is whether or not I could just make it that by the end of April, I have to have finished the first four novellas. In other words, I’ll give myself the next 2 months to catch back up to my schedule. This of course brings risks with it as well, but I don’t know if I want to have a breakdown just trying to force myself to write faster than I probably can over the next week or two.
It’s a tricky dilemma I face, and knowing me I will somehow find a way to finish this novella next week anyway, but I guess I just need to be realistic and consider other options as well, no matter how annoyed I will feel with myself for missing my own personal deadline.
Do any of you write to deadlines that sometimes seem too overwhelming to ever possibly meet, whether it be for a job or just for pleasure? How do you cope with these, and do you sometimes give yourself concessions when the going gets tough?