The Problem With Self-Imposed Deadlines
The trilemma above is a universal for any project. And I've realized this is exactly why my self-imposed deadlines almost never work. I mean, I'll set them, but then I'll get stuck on something, or a problem will appear that I didn't foresee. And once my deadline is broken, replacing it just feels . . . fake.
My self-imposed deadlines don't work because, in the querying and submission stages, the choice above is made for me:
CHEAP, because nobody's paying me. (The only way it could be cheaper is if I paid for the privilege to write which, really, yuck).
GOOD, because if it's not my best stuff, then nobody will ever pay me.
In a way, it's kind of nice. I don't have to choose! I can take all the time I need to make it right, and it's okay.
Under real deadlines, now, I'm a pro. But that's usually because somebody gave them to me. With money. And an implicit declaration of which of these three is least important to them.
I can do that.
How about you? Do self-imposed deadlines work for you?