One Writer’s Journey

December 3, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:45 am
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deadlinesHow do you do when it comes to meeting deadlines?

If it is an external deadline, something in a contract, I’m all over it.  I’ve been free lancing full time since before my son was born and I’ve missed fewer than five deadlines, all with extenuating circumstances, as in my grandmother died.

I have a major deadline today — the book on Pearl Harbor is due.  As I’m writing this, I need to finish to sections in the back matter, the glossary and the essential facts.  Then I need to read through the back matter again and make another pass through a hard copy of the whole book.  I know my husband has found one area I need to “fill in.”  According to him, too much time lapses between Point A and Point B.  If the filler isn’t pertinent, I need to construct a quick bridge.  If it is, I need a paragraph or two.  I happen to know it is so, I’ll be adding two paragraphs.

If I have a deadline for a volunteer job, I’m still pretty good.  I may get it in at the last moment but I meet these deadlines too.

My own deadlines?  I’d love to say that I meet them without any problems but that just isn’t the case.  All kinds of things, ranging from paying work to negative critiques, derail me.  Obviously, paying work is important but I need to get better at getting things out there so that I can break into new markets.

I’ll be noodling over how I can enforce my own personal deadlines and I’d love it if you’d share your suggestions here.




  1. If you find the secret let me know. I too am great at external deadlines, but worse with self made goals. The best way I have found to make progress is to use an accountability partner. I’ll be yours if you be mine?

    Comment by stephaniebearce — December 3, 2014 @ 10:32 am | Reply

    • Yes! How would you want to do this?

      Comment by suebe — December 9, 2014 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  2. […] I need to get A, B, C, D and E done during this partciular week.  And yet, as I wrote about it Deadlines, I’m really good at meeting external deadlines and much less good about meeting internal […]

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