Normally, I love deadlines. They give me a finite amount of time to procrastinate.
When deadlines are self-imposed, they seem more wishy-washy. Except, I was serious about my deadline for CRY ME A RIVER. And, I was serious about getting a play script together for my High School drama group for LTC.
However, due to some plot snags and some huge deviations from my original outline, I managed to get the entire manuscript finished about a month before my deadline. Then editing happened. I had to change a lot. I had Create Space formatting problems. I wrestled with look and feel of the book.
Finally, I submitted a (mostly) edited copy for proofing. I ordered that proof copy about a week before my deadline. It took six days to receive the proofs.
Granted, the cover looks stupendous. However, I am finding more and more corrections to make. In addition, I have it submitted to two beta readers and my copy editor (my wife). She is still poring over the book and so I get regular updates on more of my idiotic mistakes. However, she isn't finished. Plus, I still haven't received feedback from my two beta readers.
Once the editing/beta reading stage is finished, I will get it edited, re-formatted and submitted for publication immediately. So far, the changes are minor. It is such a good story, I am excited to have people read it.
But, I feel like I am missing some opportunity. I wanted to make the Christmas rush.
This whole deadline thing got me to thinking. Why am I so concerned about a deadline? I am not going to get demoted. Although many people are still looking for gifts for the holidays, I think the post-Christmas boom for ebooks will be greater than the pre-Christmas sales.
And the play. Well. I am just being lazy. I want to get it written. I even have some great ideas that fit the theme and meet the criteria of the group. I am just feeling like it won't get done until January. I think my feeling is that over the next four hectic weeks, my drama group is NOT going to memorize their lines. The only good thing is that if I prepare it for the deadline tomorrow, we will be able to make changes to it so that we can have an edited copy by January's practice.
Now I think I am ambivalent to deadlines. Sure, they still give me a finite time in which to procrastinate. However, I just want more time.
Do you relish or dread deadlines? Or, are do you care?