by Lillian Csernica on October 24, 2016
Yesterday I kept thinking I need to blog. Gotta blog today. Must write an original blog post.
And then I’d push on with the scene I was writing for my latest short story.
Between writing, research, more writing, and a few breaks to loosen up mind and body, before I knew it midnight was fast approaching.
So here I am today, showered, caffeinated, and making this blog post Item Number One on my To Do list.
I have a story deadline coming up. In fact, for this particular anthology I’m committed to delivering two short stories that relate to each other. I know I absolutely must get these stories written, edited, polished, and delivered before NaNoWriMo begins. Once the starter gun fires and we race toward the 50,000 word finish line, I want to be focused on pouring all my writing time and energy into my NaNo novel.
People often think deadlines come at the end, when you have to hand in the homework, the article, the novel manuscript. A deadline can also mark the beginning of a project. This is why there’s #NaNoPrep, along with lots of advice on the Internet about everything you need to accomplish before November 1.
Deadlines also create accountability. If you know you’d better have something to read at your next writer’s group meeting, you’re more likely to get it written. Never underestimate the power of potential embarrassment as a motivational tool.
Deadlines keep me organized. Deadlines help me prioritize. Deadlines help me generate the creative pressure that makes the words keep coming. For me, deadlines are the surest protection against writer’s block.