Deadlines

I’m entering a kind of writer’s crunch time.  NaNoWriMo begins in ten days.  I still have nearly 40 chapters worth of outlining to complete before then.  (I suppose I don’t have to complete all 40 before then, but I learned from last year that not having a complete and well-thought out outline can lead to a disjointed narrative, and while this is going to be a very rough first draft novel, it is one that I plan on trying to sell eventually and I want to be as good as it can be.)  In addition, I am partway through 3 different short pieces, one of which I’d like to finish and send out before my focus turns to novel-writing in November.  That means getting at least a first draft completed in the next 10 days.

For NaNoWriMo, I’m going back to my schedule from last year, where I do my quota writing between 5-7 am weekdays and 7-9 am weekends.  I’ve been trying to get up earlier lately and just haven’t had the energy.  Kelly says it’s because I’m not getting any exercise and I think she’s probably right.  I’ve become pretty darn lazy about things. I’d like to say that I’m going to jump back on the exercise/early-arousal routine at once, but I’m too lazy to commit to it publicly at the moment. But I am focused on getting the outline and short piece finished in the next ten days.  I generally work better with a deadline and so we’ll see how this goes.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.