The irony of this post is that today is in reality Thursday. I'm marking this post as Tuesday. You won't really know the difference...in theory.
Unfortunately this sly trick doesn't work for critique groups. I was supposed to send out my next manuscript portion on Friday. I sent them on the following Wednesday, mostly because I never got around to it on Friday and I decided if I missed one day, what harm would one more do? This type of thinking leads to forgetting you had something due in the first place and causes your group members to question whether or not you will even be meeting at all for the regular gathering.
As I've thought about past situations, I realized that if I let this happen again, it will be the doom of my group. We will, once again, fizzle out, fade away, and eventually cease to exist. After a month or so of that I will want a new group again.
So, this is my plan. I'm not going to let that happen!
I was late this week. But, oh ho ho I will be right on time next time, you won't have a chance to wonder if I still have a writing group. Of course I will. Also, since my submissions have now gotten into the murky middles (the parts I still need to write) it will push me to get them written so I have something coherant (and in the right sequence) to submit and receive feedback for. yay for motivational writing groups!
What do you do if your group members are late submitting? Or arriving to the meeting?
How do you keep yourself on time? How do you stay motivated about finishing your book--particularly in the murky middles?