The Slow Road or Adjusting on the Fly to a More Realistic Goal
So on October 2 I started out on the #FirstDraft60 challenge started by Kaye. You can check it all out on her blog. The planning month went okay-I wasn’t too far behind, really.
But when Kaye and I met for our weekly writing session last Thursday we both admitted that neither of us was comfortable with the November 30 deadline to complete our drafts. This gave rise to an adjusted challenge.
Welcome to #FirstDraft120.
Sigh…big, huge sigh. This, this is doable.
Sunday, Kaye posed some questions for reflection. They made me think. One thought was that my answers might be a little too much for a simple comment on her post. I think these are good questions for any goal adjustment, not only writing. Just tweak the questions to fit the situation.
So here are Kaye’s questions and my answers.
1. How was your writing going before the challenge’s end date was extended?
Honestly, slow. And difficult. Not flowing at all.
2. If you weren’t going to meet the original end-date goal and knew you needed more time, but had that date of November 30 hanging over your head, how did that make you feel?
Stressed and defeated. That simple.
3. Now that we’re taking more time for this challenge, how do you think that will affect your writing-both your writing time (work) and your writing craft (story)?
I think my writing time will be more relaxed which typically leads me to be more productive and creative. Hopefully this will help the story come to life a little more in my mind.
4. What are you looking forward to most about having more time to write? What do you think will be the most challenging about the extended deadline?
I’m looking forward to less stress and more relaxed writing. The pitfall for me will be, as always, procrastination.
Do you have a goal or deadline that you know you’re not going to meet as originally planned? Do you have the luxury of giving yourself more time? How might you tweak these questions to help you explore that option?