Who Needs Deadlines?

Who needs deadlines? Do you need the pressure of a deadline to write?

There are as many ways to write as there are writers- and that’s the problem. You gotta find what works best for you and you are, literally, the only person on the planet who can determine that.

I’ve been writing for television, radio, print and myself for a long time and each medium has its own quirks, its own style and its own needs. Generally, none of those fit my writing style.

For the most part, I have to be in a “mood” to write anything unless it’s for television. Television writing, for what I do anyway, is the most deadline-driven medium I work in. There is little time to work or rework a script- it needs to be serviceable on the first draft and then reworked either on the fly or on the set. I have about a dozen deadlines a day and this is the machine where I work the fastest.

It’s everywhere else where the process bogs down for me. Without a solid deadline jobs tend to inflate, the amount of time they take expands to fill the amount of time I have to accomplish the task. It’s a challenge.

For example, right now, I should be writing but my mind wants to do anything but. I did a load of laundry and it’s only Thursday, I made toast. Took the dog out. Drifted in and out of an old Law and Order SVU episode on Netflix (the man who wants to be mayor sent inappropriate pictures to a minor), updated my photos on the iPad. ANYTHING but what I should be doing, which is writing this piece.

Now I just wrote about a hundred words about avoiding writing while I was actively avoiding writing.

I’m very, very good at avoiding writing.

Some writers pop out of bed at 7AM and write until noon and that’s their day.

Some wait and write in the evening. I can’t wrap my head around that, it just doesn’t work for me.

But this is about you, isn’t it? When do you write? What’s your system? Seriously, I’d like to know. Send me an email (the address is below) and let’s talk about what works for you.

The fact, though, is that everyone’s Muse visits at a different time, and there is nothing… repeat… nothing wrong with whatever process works for you. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, of course.

What’s important in all of this, more important than how or when you write (hold on… gotta let the cats in from the patio) is that you write.

Terra wrote something earlier this week that I think is really important. She said “You Don’t Have To Be A Writer To Write.” You have a story to tell, things to say, jokes to write, messages to deliver. Write. Do it. Don’t worry about spelling or syntax (all that stuff can be fixed) or when or how you do it or how long it takes.

Write. Put it out there. Someone out there is interested in what you have to say.

If you have any questions or want to share your writing habits send me an email- brian@imaginebandt.com

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