Thursday, October 8, 2009

Best Laid Plans

Ah yes, well a few weeks ago I made some goals. I stuck to these goals for exactly 2 days. Then it was the weekend. The next week we were going out of town and I was kind of busy. This week they just seemed too hard.

I suck at keeping goals. I don't know why I even try.

I am, however, fairly good at meeting deadlines. So I am going to resist the urge to manage my time in any organized person sort of way, and I am just going to set a deadline for myself.

I will have a rough draft of my next novel done by November 30.

I probably won't write everyday. I will probably read blogs, and books from my massive TO READ list. I will probably take naps. I may even do a little cleaning. But I WILL finish by the 30th, even if I have to pull an all-nighter on the 29th.

Do any of you suffer from a serious lack of organizational skills? How do you get your books done (daily goals, deadlines, mad rushes of inspiration, you don't--you've been working on the same book for 20 years)?

14 comments:

Marybeth Poppins said...

I am organized ... as in everything must be in the perfect spot on my desk or I throw a fit ... but organized in how I spend my day? Not so much.

Right now time seems to be short, but I know if I were to put myself under a deadline, I'd completely meet it. Actually I'd probably finish before hand because I'm really competitive like that.

Good luck with your deadline, hope you don't have to pull any all nighters to meet it!!!

MattDel said...

I set looser deadlines for myself ... there are too many factors to take into account in terms of not meeting them. Between two jobs and cleaning and so on and so forth, my head starts spinning.

That's why it's great I have dead time at work to write. Otherwise my WIPs would never get done!

Tabitha Bird said...

Nooooo...don't...take...the...nap... :)

Um, I don't really have deadlines. Don't hate me, but the writing happens everyday just after lunch while my toddler sleeps. i fight of tired and then I write. Usually I get so lost in the writing that I think my son has woken early only to discover that I have been sitting there happily typing for two and a half hours. Okay, so some days my toddler goes on nap strike, but then the writing happens at night. I really need my writing. It's like asking a heroin addict how they remember to shoot up. I NEEEEED it :) (the writing that is.. not doing drugs! :)

Kristi Faith said...

Natalie,
Well you can see from your last visit to my blog, that I'm trying the organized way of things. Now, this is not to say that I'm succeeding.

I cleared the clutter off my desk at the beginning of this week-it's cluttered again. I set a time schedule with my husband to take care of young prince (that has no predictable schedule of anything) while I write-I'm not going to even explain why that didn't work! I've set time goals, word count goals and none of them seem to be met quite the way I expected.

I'm often made fun of for how organized I can be. Notice I say "CAN BE" not always am. It seems that everything else in my life is organized-everything has its place-except for writing. Heck, my DVD's are in alphabetical order according to genre. :)

PS-I love your new blog and website. Very appealing :) Great work

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I used to be so organized and awesome at meeting my goals. Lately not so much so on either account. It's becoming a real bummer!

If your determined to write your first draft by the end of November, consider joining NaNoWriMo if you haven't already. It's an online challenge to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

Lisa and Laura said...

We do so much better with deadlines than we do with a strict schedule. I'm a procrastinator by nature, so I usually put things off to the last minute. But I always get it done on time. It's a little weird, but it works for us.

Patti said...

I'm not organized at all. I've tried small goals like write two chapters this week or 500 words a day, but life gets in the way and frankly I have to realize that my kids are more important than 500 words. I like you're idea of a general deadline. Write now my deadline is October 26, to have all revisions done, query letter finished and be ready to hit send.

EriCan said...

Organization is a skill I don't have- yet. I was a journalism major, so I can do deadlines. What works for me are daily word goals. I use my writer Twitter family for my #writegoal. It's been working out great, and I found a critique partner by doing it :)

I have to keep my goals short and sweet, if I made a lofty one, like I will finish this by this or that date- I would procrastinate. Daily goals help combat that for me.

Good Luck getting the draft done by Nov. 30. You can do it :)

MeganRebekah said...

It's like you're speaking right to me :)

I am the absolute worst at following schedules. But deadlines, well, that's how I got most of my things accomplished.

Abby said...

This is like you're describing me! I've set a couple of goals for my revisions, but life always seems to get in the way. I think I'm going to try the deadline approach.

Normally, I just get totally obsessed, I mean focused and just plow through until it's done. Having kids is not always conducive to that method. :)

L. T. Host said...

I'm pretty much the same way. Deadlines are awesome. I'm better at meeting them early than I used to be, so it's probably the best way for me to go. I'd much rather know I have to have the whole thing done by a certain point than set myself goals, because I get frustrated when I don't meet quotas, or over-write and then it's easy to make an excuse to not do as much the next day, etc.

I like deadlines!

Susan R. Mills said...

Deadlines make me crazy, but I do find that I work better if I set them for myself.

staceyjwarner said...

This sounds great, I'm overly organized. I get up and write everyday (which I will talk about in my blog today). I'm also good at deadlines. Since I'm writing my first book, I have no idea how long it will take. Right now it is slow going but, it is my first book, I just started and I'm finding my voice. I think it will get better in the next few weeks.

I take it all a word at a time...if I think about actually writing a book, I don't think I would do it...

Ms. Bookish said...

I am not organized at all. Deadlines don't work for me when it comes to my novel writing, though. My regular work is all deadline oriented, so I know I procrastinate when it comes to deadlines - I'm usually hard at work completing a deadline in the 48 hour period right before the due date (having not done a lick of work in any of the time before that!).

The only thing I've found that works for me is to commit to sitting down for a very short time every day and writing. Usually I aim for half an hour, and most of the time I find myself writing for longer than that. Half an hour sounds easier to me than an hour or two hours, even though it usually ends up being longer, so it's the best way to fool myself into writing daily!