Goal updating…keeping on track

I wrote in an earlier post about goals and deadlines, and how important they are for maintaining focus and getting things done. I’m well on track with this, but here’s a little update on how I’m doing so far: My deadlines: Ilkley Literature festival open mic competition – I’ve applied for a place; if I get it, it’s on the 30th and I need a monologue or poem to perform I’m well on the way with this – I’ve been watching a lot of Sarah Kay recently and am so impressed with her performance poetry, especially how she’s performing with being …

Writing: rewriting when you’re finished

I posted a few days ago that I was on the last 10% of my current story, about the Chronology Protection agents Ruaina and Jefferson. It may actually be the last 20%….. Re-reading is always tough, always the bit I struggle with the most. Reading something as a reader is difficult but essential when you’re aiming to get them the best reader experience that you possibly can. A nice trick I’ve been using is to read on my kindle – getting away from the laptop screen makes it that little bit easier to see it as a story, rather than …

The last 10%

I don’t remember where I first heard that the last 10% of any project is the hardest, but I have absolutely come to believe it is the most important. The first 90% of a project might feel difficult, but that’s the creation section. It’s when you sit down to write and edit your story, it’s when you develop an iOS game, it’s when you build a piece of furniture, it’s when you write the draft of your essay or learn how to play a piece of music. Get the 90% right and you’ll have done a decent job. The last …