Monday, July 11, 2011
Monday Motivation and Contest Winners
I'm a procrastinator...yes, I'll confess it. It's my natural way. Through the years, I've tried to habilitate myself with schedules, organizing and planning, but none of it works.
I have, however, learned what does work for me and that's deadlines. I love them. I thrive on them. Writing routines do me little to no good because real life...meaning the millions of things that need to be done and seem to never get done...easily trump routine writing schedules and word counts.
Is anyone in this boat with me? This slow-moving-unless-we're-dying-of-thirst cruiseline?
If so, how do we impose writing deadlines on ourselves without a book deal and editor breathing down our neck? I've tried many different things through the years. Some of my more unusual ones include:
-Submitting horrid rough draft chapters onto a critique site (Critique Circle) to make sure I got them edited/polished by the time they went up for review (you have to pay for a membership to get the edit after submission option, but it was well worth the $30.00)
-Going to a partial submission/review workshop where the agent reviewing my half-completed novel asked to see the whole thing when I finished. (I completed the novel w/in six weeks to make sure the agent didn't forget about me)
-Finding out from a new crit partner that my book needed a lot of work...after I'd already started querying and had received some partial requests. (I wouldn't recommend that anyone do this one on purpose as, because of equeries, agents seem to request more wholes than partials these days).
These may be a little extreme and not accessible to everyone, but crit partners are a good way to impose false deadlines on ourselves. If we're doing it for someone else, to motivate them and us, then it feels like a more important deadline.
Now, without further procrastinating, the winners of my How Many Have You Read Contest:
Alicia Kulsuma Christa Diana
Congrats and thanks to all for participating. I'll be contacting winners sometime today.
I have lots of other great ARCs, so look out for my next contest at the beginning of August.
How about you? Any other procrastinators out there? Any self-imposed deadline ideas?