Sometimes, no matter how tight the deadline, you need to just stop and pick up a pencil

I thought I was home free when I got a one month extension on my deadline.

I even used one day of my Writer’s Retreat weekend to start a new project. But now, with one more week to go on that deadline, I’m getting a little nervous.

Arghhh! PictureIt’s over-used words.

They are killing me.

It takes hours, sometimes days to remove a single word from the manuscript (I try not to repeat the same word within ten pages, but I’ve had to do every five pages on some of these)

But that’s not what this post is about.

Last night after dinner I settled in to my desk for a marathon editing session. My computer was just booting up when my eleven-year-old son came in and asked if I would teach him to draw a dragon.

Part of me wanted to say “No, Mommy has to work.”

But what good is life if you can’t spend a little time with your son?

So I broke out the drawing pencils, and we called up a YouTube video tutorial on drawing dragons.

We had a good laugh at how fast this lady could draw, and we had to stop it several times, but about an hour and a half later, we both had beautiful dragon pictures, and big smiles on our faces.


It was a wonderful time with my son (reminding me of when my oldest and I took Manga lessons together a few years ago)

So, I’m taking a few minutes before getting back to my editing to write this post and remind you that there are more important things in life than making your deadlines.

Of course, sleep is not one of them… so it’s going to be a very late night for me.

It’s okay. My son is worth it.




8 responses to “Sometimes, no matter how tight the deadline, you need to just stop and pick up a pencil

  1. This is important to remember – and the major reason I am starting my serious writing career now that my boys are adults who don’t live at home. You can never redo time once it’s spent.
    You chose wisely – and I hope you got a little sleep too.

  2. What is this ‘sleep’ you speak of? … lovely story. A most excellent dragon. 😀

  3. Balance is hard, but family is more important than anything else, even when it’s a juggling act. Bless you, Jennifer. ❤

  4. That’s one of the hard things of being a writer. As writers, we’re generally sensitive and giving and warm and empathetic and… My point is, that when my kids were little, I wrote so much less than I wanted to. Being with them was my #1 priority. As it should be. (But writing in the middle of the night ended up being a priority too!) :-0

  5. I am in awe of the many talents of Jennifer!