Tag Archives: deadlines

Make Your Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

My writing background is in journalism, and every good journalist learns how to write under deadline. You have a story due. You report it. You write it. You turn it in. You repeat. Because your editor is counting on you. And because it really is going to be published with your name on it, so it had better be good.

But even though I know how to write on deadline, I have difficulty moving my fiction forward at the same efficient pace of my nonfiction because (1) there is no editor waiting on it, and (2) I have no assurance it will ever be published anyway.

So how can I simulate the efficiency-producing deadlines of journalism in my fiction writing? Through a combination of written deadlines and external accountability. Continue reading

Write by Midnight Pep Talk 6-25-18

With summer in full swing, seek out new ways to motivate yourself to keep up the good habits you set during the Write by Midnight challenge. Consider submitting some of your work to an upcoming writing contest or signing up for a critique at a conference. Having a firm entry deadline will encourage you to get words on the page.

 

 

Deadline Inspiration

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Last year, when an art director reviewed my portfolio, she suggested that I make a dummy based on a painting of mine called The Math Dragon. (For the purposes of this post, a dummy is an illustrated mock-up of a picture book or graphic novel.)

That sounded like a great idea. My math paintings and prints have always been my biggest sellers and I wondered why I’d never Continue reading

Under Pressure

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

For two frustrating weeks, I’ve tried to sit down and work on my novel, but rather than write, I watch the cursor blink. You’d say I’ve got writer’s block, and I wouldn’t argue with you. I am crippled by it at the moment.

So, I am taking a break from my novel to write about writer’s block, hoping it may pull me out of my creative vacation. I’ve heard a rumor that focusing on a different project can remedy WB; it’s worth giving a try. Continue reading

Deadlines

Megan Norris Jones

Megan Norris Jones

I am a deadline-oriented writer. As a freelance journalist, I always get my story in on time, but I rarely get it in early. I thrive on that jolt of adrenaline that a pending deadline produces. But as a fiction writer, no one is beating down my door to read my first novel. Querying my dream agent this week or in five years won’t matter to the agent—plenty of other writers will be offering their work for consideration in the mean time. But delaying will matter to me. I don’t want to fritter away five years of my writing life. Continue reading