Yup, We Are All Behind…
I sort of talked to myself last week in a few blog posts about the stress that often goes with being behind. And the freedom of this new world that causes that feeling of never enough time.
Well, in an effort to continue to talk to myself and let you guys listen in on my ramblings, I’m going to try to get a solution to being behind at the moment. If my solution works in some form for your writing projects, great.
First, not going to look back. That solves nothing. Like rewriting a story. A complete waste of time. Today, here in the middle of March, I am behind with my monthly magazine. Fact. How I got here makes no difference at all.
Second, going to set a goal that I control. The goal is simple. I would like to have issue #48 of Smith’s Monthly published before October of this year. That will be caught up. A goal that is all in my control.
Third, I need to look hard at the six months until my goal. Anything major that might get in the way known? Answer to that is nope. Unknown I won’t worry about.
Fourth, take inventory status of where I am at the moment. I have half of the novel for #38 finished and enough short stories. I have the entire novel for #39 done and enough short stories. I have almost all of the novel for #40 finished. Might not have enough short stories that I want to print, so need to write some more. So after finishing the two, that leaves eight novels to write and about 40 short stories needed to hit the goal.
Fifth, break down the timing. See if the goal is possible. So I would have to finish the half novel and the last part of another novel and some short stories by April 15th. No issue. Finish another novel by May 1st. That makes four of the eleven total needed. Then two novels per month for the next four months, which would allow me to miss one and still make the deadline. Word count including the short stories would be about 120,000 words of fiction per month for five months, with ramping up between now and May 1st. Possible and it would be fun.
Sixth, check in to see if the goal works. The goal has value to me to say next October that I have done 48 issues in four years of my monthly magazine and start into the fifth year caught up.
It has value to me to do that much writing over the summer, my normally most prolific months.
It is also a challenge that will push me, something I like and need to get my focus.
And most importably, it will be a blast.
So done talking to myself now.