You're starting that sequel. The words are flowing. You're halfway through the book and you are still two months away from your deadline. No problem...
And then, a month or two later you are faced with these obvious signs that you're not going to make it.
1.) You spend more time calculating days on the calendar than your word count for the day.
2.) You consider a few sentences an epic achievement.
3.) You look at your total word count and try to convince yourself that 51,000 words is getting close to a full-length novel.
4.) You open your website in EDIT mode and execute a find/replace for June to July.
5.) You rationalize that if you can just type 40,000 words tomorrow, everything will be fine.
I should add that you eat more because you reason that the calorie boost will give you added energy. :)
MIST was originally scheduled to be released in June, but life gets in the way with the best laid plans.
Deadlines don't just apply to writers. We all have deadlines. Many we impose on ourselves. How are you at managing deadlines? Do you have any tricks to keep yourself focused?
Maureen A. Miller