Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

#Writemotivation and Inspiration

#Writemotivation got a little off course for me this month  :-(

One week of panic and a few days set aside for putting on my road warrior hat to help a friend changed my productivity.  Oddly, my weekend road trip helped in a nice way since I had gotten stuck with something with my skeletal outline.  But I've gotten some inspiration and can't way to see how it works out with NEVERLOVE.

So, here are my goals for May 2012

Goals for May 2012:
1: Complete first draft of NEVERLOVE - Not going to get done by the end of May.  Will have to adjust this for around mid June.  But I don't want it any later than that because I really want to learn how to set and stick to self-imposed deadlines.  If I can do it for myself, perhaps there's hope for me yet that I can do it for a publisher - whatever the size.
2: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week - This one isn't too difficult.  I usually visit and comment on way more than that in a week but my panic stunt, road trip and the writing have made things...interesting.  :-)
3. Complete minimum two blog posts a week - All systems go at this point.  Phew!

Now, about that inspiration...Deirdra over at A Storybook World created several blog awards and has graciously bestowed one of them on me.  Here is the comment she shared: 

You have a fabulous blog. I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give to fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: The Inspiring Blog Award. There are no pass along requirements. This is just to reward you for all the hard work you do!
A Storybook World

From this blog award, I'm feeling inspired to really buckle down and let my creativity flow into NEVERLOVE.  There are other blog awards she's got there.  Go here to check them out :-)

So I'm curious, how do you handle deadlines, whether self-imposed or "strongly encouraged" by another source?

46 comments:

Nadja Notariani said...

First of all, hope your 'road trip' was a blast. A little get away, that change of pace and scenery can be inspiration, or ignite a new storyline from something we see that's different...here's to an idea sparking from your many visuals. Ha.

I set clear deadlines and work hard to meet them. I'm very task oriented, so I thrive in this type of environment. I do leave myself wiggle room. I've pushed back a goal before. If I've been lazy, I feel crappy about myself (which motivates me to do better the next time as I don't like that particular emotion...lol) But if I change a goal to give more editing time - say I'm reading and I know the book's not ready - then I feel good about the decision. Making sure it's the best I can offer at the moment is entwined with the goal!

A few weeks difference to sure up your storyline is a choice well made. Have a great week, Angela!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Nadja. I have to agree with you. I don't like having to change my deadlines but I'd rather adjust than try to push something that I feel can be better.

And yes, the road trip was very fun. Go road warriors!

Charity Bradford said...

We all need to take a break sometimes and road trips can be wonderful. Hope yours was.

I thrive on deadlines. The trick with self imposed ones is making sure they are actually reasonable. I often think I can do more than I can. Strongly encouraged ones are easier for me. Probably because most people give me jobs in smaller chunks than I set for myself.

It's okay to re-evaluate your goal and adjust it when needed. The point of a goal is to move you forward, closer to "finished".

Good luck!

Angela Brown said...

You know, Charity, I think you hit the nail on the head mentioning that with our self-imposed goals, our goals may be loftier than reality can make happen. Yet it's true, that's where adjusting them, more realistically :-), can come in handy.

K.T. Hanna said...

Sometimes life just steps in. We can't calculate for it, all we can do is make room for it when it does. April was my worst month yet, because real life told me it had other plans that month.

And coming out of it with renewed vigor and a sense of determination will work wonders for giving you that boost to stick to self-imposed deadlines.

Good luck with June :D We'll still be giving out cookies :D

Linda Jackson said...

Beautiful award, Angela.

Deadlines? Hmmm....

Maria Zannini said...

I don't have any words of wisdom on meeting deadlines. I just do it.

But...I no longer beat myself up if I don't meet them. You do what you can, when you can. It isn't a race. And if life gets in the way, embrace it.

Beth Stilborn said...

Charity said it so well!

You inspire me with your regular, thoughtful comments on my blog. I don't do justice in return comments, because I feel so out of my depth in your genre, but I admire your writing and I know you'll do your best.

I need to work harder at dealing with deadlines, because you're right, some day it's going to be an editor holding me to them, and I need to learn now how to deliver.

Thank you for this post, and best to you for June!

Emily R. King said...

Lovely award, Angela! And as always, your goals inspire me. :)

Angela Brown said...

Cookies!!! YAY!!!!!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Linda.

Now about those deadlines...lol!!

Angela Brown said...

Ref: But...I no longer beat myself up if I don't meet them. You do what you can, when you can. It isn't a race. And if life gets in the way, embrace it

Those sound like mighty fine words of wisdom to me :-)

Angela Brown said...

I enjoy your blog a great deal and welcome whatever comments you have to share. We're all writers on various journeys working to make out dreams come true. Readers, yeah, your comments are welcome as well. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much, Emily.

Randy said...

I work best under deadlines. When I know something is due I tend to be pretty good about hunkering down and getting the work done.

Angela Brown said...

That seems to be the way a lot of people work...very well under pressure. Of course, that is how diamonds come about :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's all right Angela - just readjust your goals.
I sometimes procrastinate, which means I have to hustle to hit a goal. Oddly enough, I hit more goals that way.

Angela Brown said...

Commencing readjusting :-)

Raelyn Barclay said...

And I still have to get stuff back to you :hangs head:

Ref: deadlines
I think Maria has the right idea. After all, when we're looking back over our lives at the end, will a missed deadline really matter?

Congrats on the award!

Charlie Holmberg said...

Much luck with Neverlove!

Shelley Munro said...

Go you!
Deadlines are great for providing focus. I work well with a deadline.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Congratulations on your awesome award, dear! You deserve every bit of it. I got one from Deirdra too! Isn't she a gem?

Adjusting a deadline is always hard for me because it makes me feel like I'm failing my plan. But there are times when it is better to change the date to make the draft that much better. Is Neverlove the story that you and I talked on the phone about?

Have a most productive but fun week!

Angela Brown said...

LOL!! Well, I'm still working to get more to ya :-)

I'd say your words of wisdom are helpful too.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Charlie :-)

Angela Brown said...

Going, going, going, Shelley!

Angela Brown said...

Deirdra is awesome. Made some wonderful and beautiful awards. Glad you got one. You should. You're awesome!

NEVERLOVE is a different story. The one you and I discussed on the phone is a fairy tale mash up that is hot on the burner too.

You have a productive week as well :-)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I really don't set too many deadlines while writing and revising a manuscript for the reason you mention in the first paragraph. I don't know when I might get stuck -- or how long it might take for me to get un-stuck.

Now a deadline from an editor -- that's a different story. My editor for The Caged Graves didn't set deadlines for me, but she asked me to estimate how long each set of revisions might take. I set ambitious deadlines and met them. Because for me, that was the business end of writing.

The creative end, down here with the first draft ... it will get done when it gets done, I guess!

Angela Brown said...

Alright Dianne! Sounds like you set and met with a great mindset. The first draft, though, is a different story lol!!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Congrats on the award and doing so well with your goals! I actually really like deadlines. I'll leave things go up to the bitter end, but a deadline will make me do it. If I don't have one, I admit it, I'm a procrastinator :)

Angela Brown said...

Procrastination loves to come along and sit and wait and wait and sit until waiting can't happen any more. Glad deadlines help with getting things done :-)

Gwen Gardner said...

Deadlines? Goals? So THAT'S what I'm doing wrong ;>) I knew there were reason's I come by here. Congrats on the award:)

Angela Brown said...

Oh Gwen, you are too sweet :-) Always love to have you come by :-)

Elana Johnson said...

Great goals! I know you can get your draft done by mid-June. I set goals for myself all the time, and I usually always make them. How? I tell someone else about them, and that person hounds me forever until I do it. Ha!

But no. She does. And we encourage each other and help each other, and it's a great thing.

LD Masterson said...

Nice award. As for deadlines, I don't much better if they're externally imposed. If they're just ones I've set for myself, I cheat terribly.

Angela Brown said...

Let me see....self-imposed goals with a barracuda buddy who nibbles at your tail to make sure you get to the goals. Well, actually, that sounds like a very good idea.

Thank you, Elana, for the encouragement. NEVERLOVE, here I come, with some extra fire behind me as well :-)

Angela Brown said...

LOL!! LD, what in the world? You are just too much :-)

Candilynn Fite said...

I'm terrible with self-imposed deadlines. I cheat, lie, procrastinate, and find anything to do besides write. #wipmadness seems to have been the only outside source that motivated me.

I think it was on Tara Tyler's blog recently that she's participating in a NANO sort of challenge. i believe it is put on by the folks who organize NANO. I need to stop by Tara's blog again and grab the link so I can look into it. Right now, a heavy duty challenge is what I need.

Angela Brown said...

Challenges are a good way to get around that procrastinating. I mean, you can still procrastinate, but man does it feel better to hop on the challenge and "get 'er done" without putting it off.

Candilynn Fite said...

Now heading over to check out this WriteOnCon, too. Can you tell I need some major motivating at the moment?

Angela Brown said...

Definitely do that!! I didn't get to participate as much as I wanted last year but I'm hoping to really dedicate some time to it this go-round!

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