Monday, June 14, 2010
Anything Other than Write!
It was bad enough when all I had to lure me away from my writing was the pile of laundry and the geraniums that needed dead heading. Then Satan invented the internet and email and fascinating websites. But now there's Facebook and I have to check on what my friends have been doing for the past hour, and there's Twitter, and yes, this blog waiting for new and witty comments. Too many excuses not to write. And guess what, I've just downloaded a Scrabble app for my iPod Touch. Next I may even succumb to Farmville!
And do you know what is causing this undisciplined behavior? I am ahead of my deadline. I'm giving myself plenty of time to do this book so that I am not under pressure for the last month. So what have I realized? I work best under pressure. I need that clock ticking, that deadline hanging over me to make me write. I need that pump of adrenaline to make the ideas come spurting out. (sorry, that's a disgustingly visual metaphor)
So I may go and enjoy the delightful summer weather that's finally arrived in California, and then write like crazy next week.
What about it, fellow writers--can you work in disciplined fashion all year, or do you need intense bursts of creativity and looming deadlines to work well?