This has been another acceptable week in writing. Not good, but acceptable. There was one day that I didn’t get any writing done at all because we had real-life stuff going on. Monday and Tuesday I actually got almost 2k each because I took my laptop to church and, while my kids were at Vacation Bible Camp, I found a quiet corner and did some writing. Perhaps that makes it a good week after all…
I currently have the luxury that my only writing deadlines are self-imposed. Of course, that leaves me with the danger that I might never actually get done.
I’ve been sick today. My 13yo brought it home a couple weeks ago, then it knocked my husband flat, and now it’s my turn. So what if I did have contractual obligations to meet? Perhaps if I was deathly ill and hospitalized, a publisher or editor might understand. I do hear about authors saying “I missed a deadline…” or “I got an extension…” so I know such things do happen.
Hopefully, someday I will have relationships with an agent, editor(s) and publisher(s.) And I know how life works… it’s too easy to let things slide until the last minute. Even when I was proofreading I found myself staying up late the night before a deadline and doing way too much of the work all at once. If I’d had any kind of a deadline this week, being sick would have meant not meeting that obligation.
It’s easy to say now, but I know will be difficult in practice. I think I must plan, when the day comes that I do have contracts and deadlines, to aim to finish my work at least a few days if not weeks in advance.
This is important to me.
I have to make it a priority.
Do you write when you’re sick, whether or not you have a deadline?
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