Monday, May 16, 2011

timelines


Schedules are wonderful and tricky things. They keep us going but when they aren't followed, can be quite discouraging.
I set a schedule for revisions. Based on what? Nothing logical. So now I'm in the let-me-beat-myself-up stage. In a few days, I'm leaving town. A few after that, the country, where I know I won't be able to revise.
Not to mention, I was doing so well with my exercise routine and I'm pretty sure that a couple days of cheese dip, chips, and Coca Cola voided that.
Blah.



So, now I'm wondering if everything deserves a buffer, "just in case" time.



Do you stick to a schedule or allow your work to evolve "naturally"?

16 comments:

  1. With being in med school, I can imagine you're very busy. I don't even know how you can manage scheduling anything else :)

    I set a date a few months out to give myself time to do revisions. Right now, my date is for the middle of July and I'm about half way through with revisions. I'll probably finish early, in which case I will celebrate with those cheese dips and such :) Life always finds a way to get in the way. Just keep moving forward.

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  2. This week I will be beginning a season of empty schedule due to a long term job ending and no replacement in sight. I hope to see what my natural writing rhythm is when not going to work everyday and then setting up a weekly schedule based on my natural creative times.
    We shall see how it goes!

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  3. Totally geeky opening comment but I love the photo of the post-it covered notebook: yay, stationery! My first-draft completion schedule is, in theory, to finish before my holiday but there's only 13 days left and the whole third act to write so I probably won't beat myself up too much if I don't type the end before jetting off. Progress is progress.
    - Sophia.

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  4. I seem to be one of those "evolve naturally" people, cuz I can't seem to keep a consistent writing schedule. I try to write something every day, I'm just not able to sit down at a designated time and start working. Wish I could though.

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  5. I'm one of those people that need to work to a schedule. It's the only way I can get everything done.
    Yesterday and today my schedule fell through and nothing went the way it was supposed to. I didn't get what I needed to done and I felt really lost.

    Where are you flying off to?

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  6. I stick to a schedule to allow my work to evolve naturally. Just joking, am trying to stick to a schedule.
    Btw..where are you flying off to?

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  7. I'm a big scheduler...I can't seem to get anything done unless I set a date to have it done by. I've learned to let past deadlines die, if you will, but there is still nothing that keeps me going like meeting one!
    But, hey, the best thing about passing a deadline is you can make a new one! ;)

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  8. Trips sometimes make room for large leaps of creativity so maybe you should just be getting ready to travel and let yourself slip from revision mode to create mode. Your work will still be there when you come back.

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  9. There have definitely been times when I've tried to make a schedule for myself with a WIP but I've learned that for myself, that's the worst thing I can do. Maybe it works for some people but I find that I only churn out quality writing when I let things come naturally.

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  10. I definitely allow my work to evolve naturally. that being said, it does come back to bite me. I think scheduling and making lists are a great tool, i.e. if you can stick to them!

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  11. Haha, Sophia, that is a picture of my notebook from the other night. It's quite analogous to my frazzled mind. But hurray to Post Its :)

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  12. My schedules always fall apart unless I have accountability - both at work and with writing! I wish my crit partners would be tougher on me. Hey Margo, haven't seen any new chapters in two weeks now! Get moving, girl!

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  13. Since I need to send my next manuscript to my publisher by the end of June, I really need to stick to a schedule.
    You'll be all right. Break the chips into tiny bites - less calories.

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  14. I've tried to stick to a schedule, but life keeps getting in the way... now I just squeeze it in when it fits, but I always try to make time.

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  15. I wish I could stick to a schedule. I try, because I sure get a lot more done when I do, but life gets in the way. So I pick up the pieces when I have to and re-establish a schedule. Neverending process. :)

    And wow, enjoy your trip!

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  16. I stick to a schedule, but that's so when other things come up (like snacks & dessert on vacation!) I can happily indulge. Indulging every day is bad. But indulging once in a while is definitely necessary for a happy life, especially on vacation! Snacks & dessert don't have calories on vacation, didn't you know that? ;)

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