Behind The Scenes – Keeping To Deadlines

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Tim Notke

Deadlines are a necessary evil in my opinion. They can be incredibly stressful, but they help you get your work done. I have a serious love-hate relationship with deadlines – within my studies and within my writing.

My deadlines in University are harsh. Having to get assessments done by a certain deadline can be incredibly stressful. Equally as stressful is setting my deadlines to writing.

I give myself some leeway if my mental health has dropped or I’ve had a rough week, but I try to stick to my deadlines as much as possible. It helps me to stay focused and continue pushing forward with my writing.

I don’t set crazy deadlines, it’s mostly things like ‘finish a chapter this week’ or ‘write 2000 words this week’. My personal deadlines depend on what else I have going on in my life, and how anxious I am.

It does help to stay motivated towards your writing. They make be difficult sometimes, and even stressful, but they are definitely a necessary tool to utilise.

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”

Joss Whedon