Writers: Deadlines

United States
June 3, 2007 7:17am CST
Writers: do you wait until the last minute to complete your assignments, or do you plan your time well so you're not right up against a deadline? I'm asking because I messed up royally. I have *six* articles due TODAY and I've only done the research. They're only 400 words each about vacationing in Maine, so that's not too bad. I have another, a book review, due Wednesday . . . which I have also not started. I used to be very good about organizing my time and planning assignments out so this wouldn't happen . . . but that was *before* I was juggling college and a family. How do you handle this?
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@lavena (12)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
Are you spending too much time on mylot :P ?? It's an addictive site, I find myself keep coming back. Hey, Pal you have to be responsible to your work ya or else your credibility will be at stake. Every time when you procrastinate a work, remind yourself you want to be professional and complete your work on time. BTW, where do most of your writing projects come from? Can share?
• United States
10 Jun 07
Good morning! Yes, you're absolutely right, this site is VERY addictive! hee hee I find the majority of my writing projects by querying editors and employers I find on these sites: http://www.freelancewriting.com http://www.absolutewrite.com (the forums has a paying jobs link) http://www.writersweekly.com http://www.journalismjobs.com http://www.mediabistro.com http://www.sunoasis.com http://www.poewar.com http://www.craigslist.or/wri (I visit all of the major cities listed on this site.) http://www.writingfordollars.com When I have a particular topic, I'll search for markets on http://www.writersmarket.com or I'll visit the library to browse magazines for their Writer's Guidelines and editor contact information.
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@lavena (12)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
Thank you for being so generous to share :D I've recently left my job heading the in-house agency with tons of stress and at the same time defending off a 60-year-old boss who's constantly trying to get me to be his girlfriend. I love to write and is committing myself to write full-time at home. Pls welcome me to the writing community :P
@misshoney (973)
• Philippines
14 Jun 07
I feeel really satisfied whenever I finish a piece before its due. Deadlines are sacred for me, like if i wasn't able to finish an article on time,I feel really bad. But of course, I am just human so I still find myself struggling really hard and squeezing my mind for an idea just to beat a deadline. Whenever that happens,I choose to forgive myself. Maybe writing, deadlines, and cramming are words that go together. But I really don't know what is it about deadlines that makes my mind speed up. It's like a fuel that mkes me work!
@Elusive (285)
• United States
6 Jun 07
i take the assignment and usualy forget about it until last minute then i come up with a wonderful peice, if i have time the peice shows it and it doesnt come out as good
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
6 Jun 07
During the semester, I try to focus on college. So that means that my writing is rather low-key during that season. I take on very few assignments, and don't do too many proposals. Another thing that helps is to actually try to do your long-term homework in sections. I do my term papers a little at a time, and I have learned to study for exams in ten minutes sections. Of course, this means that I am always busy doing something, but I was never much for going out and drinking in the first place. ;) So how long have you been in college?