Right now I’m trying to revise three chapters a day. For the most part, these aren’t super intense revisions, so it’s a doable goal, but maintaining such a strict daily goal is hit or miss.
Sometimes one chapter is tougher to get through than another three combined. Other times life gets in the way. I edit on paper, so usually I begin by transferring the previous day’s edits into Scrivener to get my head into the section and then switch back to the manuscript.
I’m working toward a self-imposed deadline, not an external one right now. I love hard deadlines because they don’t take excuses or negotiation. You simply must deliver. But with a self-imposed deadline, I’m much more likely to bend.
So my question: how do you handle a missed self-imposed deadline? Do you:
- Push back the overall deadline?
- Double up the next day to stay on track?
- Make up the deadline over the weekend (which you’ve presciently given yourself off)?
- Do a little extra over the next few days to keep up?
- Something else entirely?
Also, do you change what you do depending on the situation (i.e. if you’re behind because a particular section was hard and needed the time or because life got in the way)?