Saturday, June 28, 2008

Louisiana Saturday Night -

As you can see, Louisiana Saturday Night is in a slump. My fault. I trusted authors to get their interviews to me on time and didn't assign specific deadlines. I wanted to accomodate their busy schedules by allowing them to choose their own deadline. I should have known better. Can you imagine what the publishing industry would experience if each editor told their authors, "Just get it to me when you can." A funny thought, huh? I've regrouped. I'm starting fresh. I have my calendar in front of me and I'm assigning deadlines. I have some interesting interviews coming up in the weeks ahead--so stay tuned.

By the way, how do you feel about deadlines? Are you loosey-goosey or do you appreciate guidelines and structure? Talk to me.


Peg Brantley said...

My problem is that any writing deadlines I set are artificial. They're goals. And I'm used to not making all of my goals.


Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I am about as loosey goosey as they come. I wish I had more structure, and were able to stick to a schedule. I wish I had will power. What is the secret?

Erica Vetsch said...

I need the deadlines. I set them for myself, post them on my blog, then work like crazy to meet them.

Marcia Gruver said...

I have a love/hate relationship with my deadlines. On the one hand, they loom in the distance like apparitions with gnashing teeth, but without them I wouldn't get the job done.

Unfortunately, I'm a terrible procrastinator and usually wait until the last minute. Then I have to find another gear. Go on elaborate “write-a-thons” where I sit up all night pounding away. As Doctor Phil would say: "How's that working for you?

Well, Doc. I guess pretty good actually. I think I must be an adrenaline junkie!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I don't mind deadlines as long as they are not written in blood or set in stone.

Life usually steps on - or should I say tramples underfoot- my deadlines.

I do have goals or rather a 'to do' list that I subtract from and add to frequently, but that's the crux of my writing life so far.

Great post.

Chick Lit Gurrl said...

I LOVE deadlines. For the first time in seven years, I'm not teaching over the summer, and it's been hard for me to stay on task with my writing because I don't have to structure anything; there are no deadlines.

The Voice said...

I love the deadlines. It gives me a challenge. I always want to beat the clock. I feel the greatest accomplishment when I win.