It’s amazing the strange psychological effect the end of the year has. Even though I know it’s a man-made construct, that really it doesn’t mean anything, there’s still the desire to get as much done and completed as possible. Actually, I’ve needed to do this before Christmas, as over the festive period myself, Mrs Jameson and Baby Jameson will be away and there’ll be limited opportunities to get work done. So, this week, I’ve been charging through and getting as much stuff in the ticked ‘done’ box as possible.
This week then:
- I’ve plotted out the first section of my new novel, so I’m ready to charge on with that on the first day of January.
- I’ve finished typing up the first draft of a novella for 2017. One that will be part of a series with a recurring character.
- I’ve also finished hand-writing the rough draft of another novella with the same character.
- And I’ve finished going through the copy-edits for next month’s DEATH AT THE SEASIDE, so it’s off to Mrs Jameson now for some proof-reading. All on course with that one at the moment, it should be ready in plenty of time for the launch at the end of January.
I’ve been sweating through them all, getting them done and I know it’s crazy. If I were to finish all this stuff on the 4th of January, it wouldn’t actually make so much of a difference; just as if I stayed up all night and finished everything currently on my roster, it will all be for nought if I don’t keep writing in the new year, keep learning about marketing and keep trying to be the best I possibly can.
It’s such an artificial construct and I know that, but you know what? I still feel most proud of myself!
Have you guys been charging towards some made up end date as well?
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free. A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!