RTW: Writing to a Deadline
Today’s Road Trip Wednesday question from YA Highway is:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
If you read my blog last week, or you’re one of my Twitter friends (note: I don’t like the term “follower,” whether applied to my Twitter friends, my Blog friends, or any of my friends), you’ll know that I’ve decided to take the plunge and do NaNoWriMo. My WIP needs the attention, and I need the discipline to get it done. So my answer to part one of the question is, YES! I am doing NaNoWriMo. And it’s my first time, so no, I’ve never done it before.
As for the second part of the question, I don’t know that “inspire” is the word I would use. Deadlines don’t inspire me. They push me, they drive me, they force me to complete something I said I would do. Deadlines don’t make me do my best work, but they make me finish what I’ve started. And that’s what my WIP really needs. I’ve been picking around at it for the past year, starting, re-starting, thinking, outlining… and I need to stop dilly-dallying around and write the bleedin’ thing! Don’t get me wrong, I like my WIP. I like the idea, and I’m excited about writing it. I’m just frustrated at myself for dithering around with it for so long. So while the NaNo deadline won’t necessarily inspire me to write the most beautiful prose I’ve ever composed, I hope it will drive me to get a first draft of the WIP written.
How about you? Do you write better to a deadline? Or do you find deadlines useful for getting work done? Or do you hate deadlines and avoid them whenever possible? Comment below, or join in the Road Trip Wednesday fun! Details on how to be a Road-Tripper are on the YA Highway blog.
UPDATE: If you want to be my NaNoWriMo buddy, here’s a link to my profile.