To celebrate our 5-year anniversary in a few months, my boyfriend Craig and I are traveling to French Polynesia. Yesterday was a very badass-feeling day of scheduling. Flights booked – kapow! Hotel booked – kapow!
And amidst all that, somehow I ended up with a deadline for completing my book’s revisions. Extra-kapow!
How that happened is Craig mentioned the trip would not only be a great celebration of our anniversary, but also of his venture into self-employment (which is starting around the same time), and my finishing of my book. I reminded him that it’s only the first draft I finished, so by the time we travel several months will have elapsed. Not really a timely celebration.
But then I thought… Ooooh… What if I finish all my revising and rewriting by then? THAT will be cause for celebrating.
I didn’t think I did well with deadlines, but this might be just the kick in the pants I need. I’ve been procrastinating my revisions, picking at only a few easy things, because the hefty stuff is very intimidating. Every time my book looks at me I quickly turn away and whistle and pretend I didn’t see it.
But having this concrete deadline with a very lovely reward might be exactly what I need to stop dithering about. For the past month I’ve been all “I’m not ready, it’s too scary, I’ll edit later, later…” But now I have some good motivation.
It definitely won’t be polished and submission-ready by then. But the fine tuning can come after our trip – my main concern is the bulky work. Adding scenes, the plot fixes… That’s the hard stuff. If I can get that completed, I will feel damn proud of myself.
It’s officially a plan. And I start… today! KAPOW!!