What happens when an author is thiiiiiis close to finishing a book on deadline? Strange things. Distracting, out-of-our-control, can’t be helped things. Almost as if we can’t handle the thought of saying goodbye to these characters we hope you’ll love, we find ways to prolong the inevitable. Deadlines and distraction seem to go hand in hand. Here are the top five things that can pull an author away from those final few chapters we need to get written:
The need to organize. Even though cluttered counters, un-alphabetized Blu Rays, and smudges on the fridge can easily be ignored almost every single day of the week, there is no way an author on deadline can work with such chaos swarming around them. Deadlines are a great motivator to clean your house.
Social Media. The need to connect online (not to actually go out or anything) consumes us to an alarming degree. How can we possibly finish our story if we don’t know what’s trending on Twitter or whether there’s a new cat video we haven’t seen?
Shopping! Almost like a pre-celebration, the best online shopping is done right before a deadline. What better time to explore every item on Etsy? When a deadline coincides with a birthday or Christmas? Jackpot.
Hello my-sweet-blog. You’ve got a couple chapters left. You just need a dark moment and to wrap it all up. This is absolutely the most inspiring time to dive back into your blog and connect with readers.
Reading. You can almost feel the emotion pouring off the final pages you haven’t written yet. But how did Nora do it again? Maybe you’d better re-read a few of her books, maybe a series, just to be sure you’ve got a solid influence before you type “The End”.
Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She’s a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. She’s unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.
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