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The last job I worked at before my son was born was very deadline oriented. My job was to research property tax issues and make sure all the payments were made on time. This kept our company from swallowing late fees and additional taxes. Every other place I worked at previously had, of course, wanted things done in a certain amount of time, but never had I worked at a place where deadlines where so imperative to the business running smoothly.
It really taught me something about focusing on a task until it was complete and finding solutions (even where I thought there were none) at the last minute. As writers, many of us set personal deadlines for our work, but how effective are they? With NaNoWriMo so prevalent in the writing community right now, how can deadlines be ignored?
It’s week one, go time. Everyone has been pushing out their best and hoping to achieve their goals. There’s a collective deadline – 30 days – 50,000 words. I’m not personally participating in NaNoWriMo, but I’m energized by it. The thought of 50,000 words in a month seems daunting to me, yet, I’m watching others stay on track and stay focused to meet that deadline. This has me focused on the same date.
What if I could finish my novel by the end of November? The idea has me excited, and I think it’s due to this collective deadline. Everyone is encouraging each other, everyone is pushing through and writing their hearts out. It reminds me of my last job and has me excited for that thrill I used to get from sorting out a complicated issue on time.
Even without officially signing-up I feel the pressure and the excitement. I’ve tried to set deadlines for myself before, but it’s difficult when the only person I have to answer to is me. In this case, everyone in the writing community is expecting more from each other and the feeling is contagious.
Have you caught the deadline fever (whether you are doing NaNo or not)? Do deadlines you personally set motivate you?
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J. A. Bennett is a stay-at-home mom of a three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl. Besides writing, she has a passion for cooking and good movies. She blogs at A Book, A Girl, A Journey about writing and other musing on life. She is currently writing a young adult novel that involves time travel and secret societies. Find her on Twitter here, Facebook here, and Google plus here.