My publisher allowed me a one week extension on my deadline. I worked like the devil not to have to use it. I have never missed a deadline. I'm stubborn. I'm proud. I have fierce work ethics. It hurt when I realized I needed that extra week.
The reason I'm not kicking myself is because I know I gave it my all. I sacrificed. I obssessed. But this book gave me fits from the start. It's been tough going. The good news is that I think it's really good. I'm happy with how it's turning out, and by the way, it's not turning out like I envisioned. Then again, it rarely does.
The joy of writing: When the characters surprise you.
The bane of writing: When the characters surprise you.
I don't take this extension lightly and I thank my publisher for being so gracious. I think it helps that, as I said, I've never missed a deadline before. Part of the value of having fierce work ethics. Never underestimate the power of professionalism. Strive for perfection. When you miss now and then, at least you'll know and they'll know... you gave it your all.