After a week away from my novel (Oh, how I have missed it – what an intimate connection it is for me right now!) I am ready to jump back in!
I have spent the last week researching for an article whose deadline is this morning, and after writing it, and finalizing it I am once again reminded as to how much research goes in compared to what is in the final product. Thing is, how can we know what’s important and key unless we find out all the secondary, tertiary, etc stuff. The amount of research that has gone into my novel is huge, with more in production, and I know only 0.1% will make an appearance.
I have also spent the last week reviewing the wonderful work done by fellow members of my critique group. I hope I was half as beneficial to them as they are to me – never seizes to amaze me how enlightened I become at one of these meetings (analyzing my own work and theirs.)
Now that the kids are safely packed to school for their respective Valentine’s party, I have about one hour to reunite with my novel! A great way to end the end the week, knowing next week I can return with complete devotion to it. Yet, I am panicking….or rather ensuring I don’t. When I feel it rising I get rid of it, knowing it will only slow me down.
I am running out of time! 13 weeks to go, at most. Between March break, PED days, sick days (theirs and mine), doctor’s apts, and just plain limited energy – Will I make it? I can only try, but I know myself and my process. I cannot rush – I will not rush. My novel deserves much better than that.
Any tips on how to calm oneself down when a looming deadline appears?
Happy Valentine’s day – may your stories be filled with love – but no martyrdom.