Here starts the last week of the second quarter of 2016. Time to get serious.
Can you believe it? This is the last week of the first half of 2016. Wow! Just when I was getting used to it, it’s half gone! Faster every year, I tell you.
I’ve missed a lot of goals in the past, some mundane, some important, and some recently. On my list of writing projects, I have several that are time-sensitive. To address urgent projects in the past, I would set an absurd goal of rushing the work out, work like crazy for a while with the nagging feeling that what I was trying to do was impossible (except for when I did it), then usually end up not only missing my goal, but forcing the next project into a rush condition, with cascading results. That’s not a good way to run a business, and it’s also not good for your mental state to keep missing “important” goals and beating yourself up. As I look forward to the rest of 2016, I’d like to get off that treadmill, thank you.
On the other hand, I absolutely love the projects on deck, and would really like to get them out into the world as quickly as possible.
So, I spent the bulk of the day looking at my writing process to better describe how I actually work, consider what changes I can make to improve things, and assess how long everything takes in part and in total. Then, I mapped that process and those hours into various hypothetical project schedules to identify what looked possible. It was very enlightening and a lot of fun.
In the end, though it’s not something I want to share, I identified what appears to be the optimal production schedule for me. It’s perfect for when my daughter is in school, and it should be possible even with her with me. It also has natural variants for more aggressive or less demanding production, so I should be able to take on challenges or take off holidays without totally disrupting my writing. Sweet!
Next, I need to map that process into a production schedule for actually writing and publishing my projects. It’s tempting to go overboard with the aggressive 1-week model, but I don’t think that’s a good match for my current conditions. Right now I’m thinking that it’s best to dial back the pressure and just meet some goals for a while. But we’ll see.
Then, late at night, I actually did spend some time and attention on Vampires Versus Comicon. It wasn’t much, but progress is progress. I can’t wait for that to be done because man, that’s a fun book. 🙂