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Two weeks ago I gave myself a deadline to finish The Gifted. With a 3000 words a night goal and July 15th as my deadline, I set to work able to meet my goal most nights. Things were going great. I was in the groove and words flowed faster and faster the closer I got to the end. The set up for the climax was done, the war was on, and my main character had a lot pushed on her, taxing her abilities to not just survive but control her powers as well. I revealed the “HOLY SH*T” moment in the most wicked of ways (MWAHAHAHAHA!!).
And then, Friday afternoon, I started getting a headache. Now, headaches aren’t impossible to work through, so I was able to get my daily take-care-of-the-house-and-kids stuff done, but by the time supper was cooked and finished and the kids were ready for bed, I was in full blown migraine zone.
It lasted through the night and into Saturday. I got a bit of a break Saturday afternoon. Though the break didn’t last very long at all. By Saturday night, I was back in migraine-ville with a vengeance. Sunday morning I woke with it still solidly in place, but it deflated throughout the day. I ended the day with just a really bad headache and the need to buy more acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. This sucked on more than one level. Not only on the level of PAIN!!! but on the level of daily goals not being met.
Total number of words written between Friday and Saturday: 277
Total number of words written over the entire weekend: 3277
Total number of words I was supposed to get written: 9000
That means I’m missing 5723 words and have not met my deadline. And I feel like an a$$ for it.
I’m not going to stop though. I have around 6000 words left to write to finish The Gifted on the word count goal I had set up for it originally (75K words). I had no idea I would get a migraine and did not allow for such a thing in my deadline. Lying in bed for almost 48 hours straight is not amenable to writing (I don’t have a laptop) nor is light sensitivity as the computer screen would only have made me want to gouge my eyes out.
Excuses, excuses. While legitimate, I still feel a bit like I let, not just myself, but all of you down. Here I was, all ready to tell you “I did it!” and have a celebration, but I failed. I have learned an important couple of lessons from all of this though.
1) Make sure to schedule in time for sickness/unexpected events in your deadline, whether for a publisher or for yourself.
2) Go to the doctor and get these migraines in hand, because -seriously- it’s getting ridiculous the number of them I’m getting lately.
Anyways, I’m going to push my deadline back another week (Sunday, July 22) to give myself time to get the words written and still have a cushion for the unexpected. I will also schedule an appointment with my regular doctor. I’m going to drop my word count goal to 2000 words a day as well… Losing a lot of sleep the last couple of weeks to reach my goal of 3K a day may well have contributed to the migraine. While the new goal could have me finished by Wednesday, I am not going to forget my first lesson so easily.
And stand by for a celebration for when I do finish The Gifted. I think a giveaway will be in order, but I’m not gonna tell what I’m giving away just yet=) I’ll let you know next Monday when the celebration begins!
Have you ever had to push back a deadline due to unexpected events? How did it make you feel?