If you’re just hopping into the insanity that is my writing life, check out my previous “Writing to a Deadline” posts or this won’t make sense.
Okay… fixed that climax. Yeah! I did it. Oh no! Now I am at 10,280 words!
That’s a whole page over! Ugh!
Edit madness: Extra word here, extra word there. Unnecessary clause? Can I tighten that dialog a little? Does this person need to smile? Is that dialog tag necessary?
Okay, I’m done. Right? Am I? ARRRHGHHHH!
Beta Blast! Call in the two people who the story really seemed to resonate with (Don’t bother with the person who didn’t seem to get it from the beginning)
Sorry, guys… I know it’s a lot to ask… but I need it back in two days.
Wait…. Wait…. Wait…. Tear a fingernail off. Wait…. Water the plants… again. Groom the dog… again (not that she’s complaining.)
Then the panic moment happens. Through a writer’s group, I find out that someone submitted, and got a positive response. Not an acceptance, but a request to make changes and re-submit through private channels.
Oh No! There is a possibility that they will close for submissions if they fill all five slots.
It’s okay… take a deep breath. I decided that I need to submit NOW, even though there are two weeks left until the deadline.
My two betas came back with minor changes. Of course, while I was waiting I made changes of my own, so I pleaded for one more read. Yeah, I can be annoying that way.
My worst writing nightmare is that all of these people call in the favor at the same time while I am up against a deadline of my own ***gack***
Remove that comma, change that word…
Slow and steady.
- Writing to a Deadline Part 1: “I got Nothing.” (jennifermeaton.com)