Good morning, daydreamers and story tellers!
I wanted to focus on the importance of deadlines today. It seemed appropriate, what with it being National Novel Writing Month and I know that many of you are taking on the challenge of 50,000 words this month.
Myself, I’m not taking part in NaNo, because I am focusing on editing my current work. However, whether you’re taking part in NaNo or not, deadlines are essential for writers. I know that this topic has been covered a lot, by many writers and bloggers. But it’s importance can’t really be understated.
The main thing that I found when I started being stricter with my deadlines was this;
You don’t realise how much time you’re able to put aside for writing until you have a deadline.
This is so vital! It taught me a lot about how I can find the time to write if I really need to. Now, of course, I’m not saying that just because you manage to write 50,000 words for NaNo that you should then be able to write 50,000 words any month. I understand that some people set aside a lot and make bigger sacrifices to complete this particular challenge. But by setting yourself reasonable and achievable goals you’ll start seeing more and more progress with your work.
Setting deadlines not only encourages good discipline and productivity but it can also give you a confidence boost. Meeting a deadline or achieving a goal gives you a reason to celebrate, to be proud of yourself and this is really important for writers who can usually be very self-critical.
The best part about setting your own deadlines is that you can choose what will work for you. No-one knows your life as well as you do, so only you can set goals that push you, while also being attainable. Remember; you don’t have to be too hard on yourself. Any goal, no matter how big or how small, is worth working towards and worth celebrating.
What do you think about deadlines? Do you set a goal, or do you just write when you can and see how it goes?
I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below!