Anyone else do this?!
I love, love writing — obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t do it, but sometimes I lack the motivation to actually write. And I’m sure that I’m not alone here, as well. Whether it’s stress going on in my life, or laziness and procrastination, or even writer’s block, I’ve found that giving myself deadlines helps to motivate me to write.
All published authors have deadlines. So first off, I thought I would highlight the best/funniest quotes about them.
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
― Douglas Adams
“Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.”
― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.”
― Rita Mae Brown
“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
― Diana Scharf
“I am a person who works well under pressure. In fact, I work so well under pressure that at times, I will procrastinate in order to create this pressure.”
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
“A deadline is a finish line. Don’t stop ’til the door shuts in your face!”
― Raven Moore
“…a deadline should not prevent you from writing, but writing will help prevent you from missing your deadline. Then write a word. Then remind yourself of that again. And then write another and hey, look at you! You’re spitting in that deadline’s eye.”
― Courtney Summers
“Life without deadlines is bliss.”
― Chris Decker
So there you go. There are some various (and some humours!) opinions on deadlines and writing. It’s a bit different for me: I’m not a published author, so there are no real ramifications to me not meeting my own self-imposed deadlines, but sometimes, I’ll admit, I need a push. Sometimes I even need a shove, just to get me going. That’s why I impose deadlines: to get myself started. Once I’ve started I’m totally okay . . . It’s just getting to that point which can sometimes be a little bit difficult.
This is why I love Camp NaNoWriMo so very much! Because it forces me to write. I am a very competitive person when it comes to writing and all things related; I feel like I have to be the best. (Which is another matter all together, really . . . ) Another benefit of Camp NaNoWriMo (and even NaNoWriMo proper) is that you’re not alone. There are many many many people who are aiming to achieve the same goal as you are, and it’s much easier to write a novel if interact with other writers along the way.