Deadlines: A single of the Most effective Kept Secrets in Writing


by Kathy Harris

A goal is a dream with a deadline. – Napoleon Hill

Want to know a secret? I really like deadlines!

And I feel you must as well.

Search on the web for the quote above, and you will discover it, or one particular like it, attributed to a quantity of unique people today. I initial heard it from one particular of my early writing mentors, multi-published author Kaye Dacus.

Regardless of all of the quotes about deadlines, they are nonetheless one particular of the most effective kept, and misunderstood, secrets in the organization. If you lack self-confidence in your writing. If you are as well busy to create. Or if you are a procrastinator, deadlines are for you! They’re not only motivational. They support you prioritize.

If it hadn’t been for deadlines, and the encouragement of other individuals, I may well not have completed two of my manuscripts. Or had my initial book published. Deadlines not only place wings to your dreams, they set the wind at your back. They push. Just when you have to have it.

Right here are 3 causes to love—rather than hate—deadlines:

  1. A deadline is the ultimate compliment! If a person provides you a deadline, it indicates they think in you! Similarly, if you set a deadline for your self, it indicates you think in your self!
  2. Deadlines force us to do what we feel we can not do. They push aside our fears and make us sit down and create. They encourage us to edit what we believed was an unsalable story, enabling us to see its possibilities. They drown out the under no circumstances-ending noise of our internal editors and enable us to listen to the story of our heart. Former editor in chief of Vanity Fair magazine—and the initial female editor of The New Yorker—Tina Brown calls deadlines ‘one of life’s greatest antidotes to insecurity.’ (The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992). Nolan Bushnell, the inventor of Pong, calls them the “ultimate inspiration.”
  3. Deadlines place you ahead of the game. You can create now. Or you can create later. But one particular of these days, you will have to make up for lost time if you want to enter a contest or submit a complete manuscript to the agent or editor who requested it at a conference.

I skilled this not too long ago. A single day close to the finish of the 2018 ACFW conference my agent looked at me and stated, ‘I want you to finish your manuscript in six weeks.’

Definitely? Me? I could name a dozen causes why that wasn’t doable. How would I have the time? I operate. I’m a caregiver. And I do not think in myself…

But, evidently, she believed in me. And sufficient to set the challenge. So, the initial, and only, word that came out of my mouth was “Okay.”

And now I have an additional secret to share.

Meeting my deadline resulted in a contract. My second book, and my initial romantic suspense novel, Deadly Commitment, will be published in January 2020 by New Hope Publishers/Iron Stream Media. I’m excited to be functioning with my initial editor, Ramona Richards, once more! And she will quickly be throwing additional deadlines at me.

Yes. Deadlines beget deadlines. But how can you not really like them when you understand the rewards? Reading your words in galleys. Seeing the cover art for the initial time. Opening a box of books that are stamped with the words Book A single.

Oh, no! I feel I see an additional deadline in my future.

Would you care to join me?

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Kathy Harris lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency. Study Kathy’s blog or adhere to her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.







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