When I was a consultant, years ago, we used to have a rule: take the estimated time for a given project and multiply it by three when planning the work. If only I had taken that to heart for my writing.
I have been revising Sanyare since December, and back then, I thought I could have my first edits (prior to sending to beta readers for feedback) done by February, at the latest. When February came and went, I thought, hey, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll be done by the end of March. Well, here we are in the middle of April, and I now have no clue when I’ll be done.
I’ve said in the past that I’m a slow writer, that I only have a couple of hours — at most — each day to write, and even the pros admit the work will take the time it takes. But I didn’t think about it from a project management point of view.
I’m going to try to correct that mistake now. Multiplying by three, I think I’ll be ready to send to beta readers by the end of June.
That light at the end of the tunnel just got a heck of a lot smaller.
What do you think? How do you plan your writing projects?