I love deadlines. I like knowing the exact date and time when something is due so I can plan every step of the project. Even shifting deadlines don’t really bother me because I can usually formulate a different strategy and re-plan quite quickly.
I’m no longer in school, so there aren’t as many deadlines lurking around. So I made my own because without a deadline, nothing gets done.
XIII: Epode, the third in my series of “epic urban fantasy” novels, is nearing completion. The original self-imposed deadline for the second draft is today. It’s supposed to be finished by 11:59 PM today.
Alas, I don’t think that will be happening. I have three chapters left to write – one is half finished and the other two have yet to be written.
Chapter 48: so far, I have exactly 4,071 words and I’m still not finished. Usually, my chapters range from 1,300 to 2,000 words. I’m estimating Chapter 48 to be around 6,000 words when it’s finished; possibly even more. The reason it’s so long is because it’s an ‘epic battle scene’ and I hate writing those. I think, when I revise, that I’m somehow going to make these battle scenes very different, so they’re more enjoyable to write.
Chapter 49: I think I’m going to make this one around 1,000 words.
Chapter 50: The grand finale chapter, which will more than likely be around 2,000 words.
Then I can be finished with that and move on to planning XIII: Strophe, which I was to begin on September 23 and complete on November 11.
September 21 and 22 were for planning XIII: Strophe, but it looks like they’re going to be for finishing up XIII: Epode. Either way, it should all work out in the end and I’ll get things done by my self-imposed deadlines.
Enough procrastinating – to writing, I go! But share with me, please – do you like having a deadline? Hate them with a passion? Let me know – and have a great day! 🙂