Writing for a Deadline
I'm used to living the slacker life. I prefer things on the quiet side, and I love it that way. I don't have kids, no little Riley running around causing hell. I have two cats, but they are sweet and easy to take care of. And my wife is a wonderful independent woman who gives me plenty of time to pursue my favorite interests, such as writing. My life is pretty easy to enjoy, and I find myself with a lot of free time.
However, in the past year life seems determined to change that. Kids, not mine thankfully, running around the house, making messes and being children. Medical problems for loved ones that need support. With a million things pulling my life all sorts of different ways, my writing has suffered.
I'm determined to buck this trend of not being able to write, and so far the method I have been using is proving to be successful for me. With just a bit of forethought and planning I'm turning personal deadlines into my driving force for writing, and it's helping me come back out of my shell.
The great thing about personal deadlines is they can be short or long term, and you set the punishment for when it isn't met. Lately I'm lucky if I get more than an hour or two to write a day, and sometimes I want to spend that free time doing other things. I used to beat myself up, tell myself I should be writing, and generally turn what should be enjoyable into a chore. I hate chores.
But with a short term personal deadline, or stpd, and a long term personal deadline, or ltpd, I help cut the guilt, while still maximizing my writing time. Instead of stressing, I enjoy life, and use my deadlines to push myself to still keep at the grind.
That hour that I do take to write becomes my time. Either I edit, or I create, it doesn't matter what you do, set a deadline and hit it. That's how people master Nanowrimo, they set deadlines and they hit them!
Each deadline hit makes it easier to carry a sense of accomplishment to the next stpd, and so on until you meet your ltpd.
And sometimes that is my stpd, planning and strategizing my ltpd. It's all about pushing yourself, and trying to figure out what leaves you happy with life. For some people that's a hard line that they need to hit, or else the project is ruined. For others like me, it's something to push me to my own little world that I so love to write in. #SupportIndieAuthors and keep being awesome!