When good plans go awry

It’s always interesting to see what happens when good intentions meet the real world.

Take my 27K challenge. When I first set the goal for myself, I thought I might be giving myself too much time. Lo and behold, after two days where I edited over 10K words cumulatively (mainly through judicious cuts), I was suddenly sure I was going to finish early. There would be egg on my face, but I would just tweak things for the next challenge I set for myself. No biggie.

Turns out, not so much. I’m reminded that a plan is only perfect until it’s put into action, at which point it’s anybody’s guess how it will turn out. Social plans popped up, hectic days at work made for unproductive nights, and come this weekend I’m going to be visiting an old friend out of town for a couple of days. I’ll be back Sunday, and I’ve still got 4,000 words to go.

Whoops.

Truth be told, I’m still on track to finish by the deadline. Hell, I could be done tonight, though I suspect I’ll need at least another day. It’s just interesting to think back on the confidence I had when I was ahead of the deadline, only to be rushing to catch up now.

Plans go awry, the world is not perfect, and the rest of your life will interfere. What is important is that you keep plugging away, even if you end up squeaking by right at the deadline.

Back to work.

3 thoughts on “When good plans go awry

  1. This reminds me of your previous post where you wrote about what your heart wants, and how it knows what it wants before the rest of you does. Editing can be a slog, and you can avoid it at all costs (guilty as charged), but if you don’t edit then your work will A: never be as good as it was destined to be and B: usually wont be read by others, because you’ll insist it’s too bad for others to read. (again: guilty) I myself usually let a book sit for a while and then edit it, go back into the adventure and make it seedless like a slog. If I’m slogging through a manuscript, I’ll ask myself why I’m slogging, and that section or plot part may need a rewrite.

    The point is, no matter what the book looks like right now, you can’t stop. Don’t stop.

    • Absolutely. You don’t get anywhere if you don’t sit down, do the work, and eventually ship the product. That’s as true in business as it is in writing.

      That said, I actually don’t read much into it if I’m slogging through some edits. If I’m having trouble doing the actual writing, yes, getting stuck is a sign that I’m staring down a dead end. On the edits though, I feel like it’s a bit of a slog regardless. It just isn’t as fun as the actual writing!

  2. Sprint completed! The halfway point – Stilts Out Loud

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