As readers may recall from my previous posts, I am in the process of applying to low-residency MFA programs for the summer semester. As part of the application process, I'm required to submit 25 pages of my own creative work.
I started the process in December and with an application deadline of mid-February, I thought "oh good, plenty of time!". I mean, it's just 25 pages and I've already written a significant amount so how hard could it be?
Apparently very hard. Here's my timeline:
Late December: 10 pages completed
Early January: Took a break to work on my critical essay (4 pages) and personal essay
Mid January: Reviewed first 10 pages. Something didn't feel right. Mauled over story
for a few more days
Late January: Finished another 10 pages (pretty much pulling teeth) but couldn't
muster energy to complete another 5 pages (still wasn't 100% about the
Early February: Ack! Scrapped the first twenty pages. Started from scratch.
Scramble to write 25 pages of something that "feels right"
5 days before Finish twenty five pages.
deadline: Review, Review, Review!
1 day before Do final edits on both essays and 25 pages
Deadline day: Final edits UP TO THE LAST MINUTE!
It seemed fitting that this chart popped up the day after I submitted.
How's your writing process? Similar? Totally Different? Tips to prevent procrastination?