Dealing with Deadlines

11 01 2015

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Writing Deadline Dos and Don’ts

It happens to every writer sooner or later. You’re planning on submitting work to a literary journal, entering a contest, or completing edits for your publisher; and of course, there’s a deadline. You sincerely intended to complete your writing on time, but things got in the way: work, running errands, catching up on all six seasons of that show everyone’s talking about. Before you know it, the due date you had plenty of time to meet is now pressing down on you; it’s crunch time.

Don’t panic! Here’s what you should — and shouldn’t — do to meet your deadline without losing your mind:

Do break it down. When you’re short on time, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish. Break your writing down into manageable parts. Set realistic daily (or even hourly) goals to complete tasks such as writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, etc.

Do the worst first. If possible, make the task you like least the one you do first. Once the activity you’re most likely to procrastinate about is out of the way, everything else will be easier to accomplish.

Read further for more do & don’t @ Huffington Post

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