Reading: A Family for the Rugged Rancher by Donna Alward
Watching: Grey's Anatomy now that it's back on!!
Listening to: Brooke Fraser
When I was unpublished, I used to be so envious of writer friends who had deadlines. All I wanted was a deadline. Multiple deadlines! Because that would mean that an editor was waiting for me to write my next story . . . that they actually wanted to read my work.
Now that I’m published, deadlines are suddenly a whole lot more scary. Even though I write relatively fast and often hand in work before it’s due, I still have each deadline date in my mind and worry about it regularly. What if I get writer’s block? What if I can’t turn a good first chapter in a great full length story? The “what ifs” are endless!
In the end, it all works out, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But on the published side of the fence, there is a whole lot more pressure to perform. And like many other authors out there, there are days when I love my writing and other days when my confidence plummets. On those days, looming deadlines can be terrifying. But then you receive author copies of a book in the mail or see a new listing for one of your books on Amazon, and its like an instant shot of confidence.
So how do you perform under deadline? Do you thrive under pressure, or does the very thought of having to deliver material by a specified date leave you a quivering mess?