My book project (not NaNoWriMo) is suffering some delays. The class project (to make a children’s book) took a long time to get off the ground in the first place, because none of my partners really took the initiative to come up with concepts. Thus, I had to come up wtih a lot of the ideas. I really wish the other group members would contribute some ideas and not just sit back and say “tell me what to do”.
We meet about every Friday, and I have been frustrated to discover that I’m the only one that has anything to show for this project up until lately. So far I have written a couple of drafts, and the group member in charge of editing has helped me cut it down in length and improve the language of the manuscript. She is actually the exception here- probably because she has realized the same thing I had known all month: Unless we are all proactive about completing this project, it will never get done on time. I was pretty upset last week when I found out that the illustrators of the book haven’t gotten anything done. I told them that they can’t wait for the manuscript to be finished- I already e-mailed them about the plot of the book, and parts of the book that will not change in the next round of drafts. I also talked to the professor about this problem, and she suggested I become much more assertive about everybody doing their job.
I didn’t really want the role of taskmaster, it was kind of forced on me. Each of us has a stake in this grade-wise, so there is no reason some people could just sit on their hands. Some of them gave me the excuse “But I have work/miderms in other class/etc.” Well you know what? So do I, and that hasn’t stopped me from giving them progress reports on the manuscript and suggestions to everybody to start coming up with ideas while I am writing, not when I am finished.
The book will get done on schedule, despite the hang-ups. I’m confident the other group members will get on the ball when they realize that they are jeopardizing 20% of their grade. But this is something far too important to be procrastinating about! :mad: