Having a deadline for your writing can be a scary and daunting experience.
But it can also be a great way of getting you organised and motivated.
Seeing that date sitting there, glaring at you, can help you to refocus your mind. You know you have to meet it, otherwise you’ll regret it. And if you don’t meet it, the chances are another writer will.
Deadlines should not strike fear into your heart (ok, they still will but let’s pretend for five minutes that they won’t). They should be used by you in a productive way.
Use a looming deadline to work out how; when; what and where you are going to write.
Use a deadline to plan how your other comittments (both writing and personal) will fit in around it.
If you try to see a deadline as a positive thing, it does help. Ok, you’ll more than likely still do what I do and bash your keyboard, thinking “Oh help!” at the best of times, but in the long run, they can help you be more proactive about your writing day.
Happy Writing folks and don’t worry about a deadline – just plan around it!