I feel like my writing clock is ticking. My husband is pushing me to get a "real" job, and I am pushing myself to finish my novel before I have even less time than I do right now. With the prospect of a 9-5 job looming, I have been staying up late trying to finish my book. My only time to write in the last two years has been when my children are asleep or at mother's day out. I set a goal of one week for myself one week ago, but I think I am still 70-100 pages out. This book is my favorite out of anything I have written and each time I sit down to write I find the character taking unexpected, but lovely, turns.
Now I am asking myself what kind of deadline I need to establish. I do need to establish one because if I end up going back to work full time it will become a lot harder to finish this book. I have decided to give myself two weeks. I know exactly where I want to go, and I have each scene in my head. I also understand how I want the character to change, progress and develop their love. My hesitation is this: I know writers must constantly work under deadlines but when is it constructive and when is it harmful?
Sunday, August 31, 2008
In a race to finish
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