I don’t know how much I could write if I made enough money from my writing to quit my part-time (sometimes full-time!) job as a freelance editor. My writing is extremely important to me, but my “real” job comes first because I have deadlines. If I can’t meet them, I’m fired.
It’s a shame I don’t have an immediate threat like that hanging over my head if I fail to write five pages today. Deadlines do wonders for my writing. And it’s not just that I get more done. It’s that my brain wakes up and produces better material! So my career goal at the moment is to acquire more deadlines. ;)
What situations help you write better/more? Do you thrive or shut down under a deadline? Do you see weekends and vacations as break from writing or as prime writing time? Do you need to be in your usual office with your pencils arranged just so, or do you seek new places to sit and write?