My brother had a poster in his room for years. It had a buzzard sitting on a dead tree staring out over the desert and it said "Patience, hell! I'm going to kill something!"
I'm beginning to feel like that buzzard! I really want to have my third book finished by the time I leave for Nationals. That would be Tuesday, July 14th. Yeah, in less than ten days. I'm not going to tell you how many pages I have left to write. Suffice it to say that it is A LOT !!!
This all started when my agent asked if I could have said book finished by Nationals. She'd read the first 30 pages and loved it. Yes, I said 30 pages. Guess what? That's about all I had at that point - May 27th, to be exact. Yes, May 27th of THIS year!
I am not one of these people who can churn out 20 pages a day every day. I have HAD those days (notice the past tense.) I work a full-time job for Wal-Mart and they have begun to restructure so that department managers like myself may end up being over more than one department from now on. Restructuring is just another word for getting one mule to pull two plows. The mule doesn't like it much either!
So, here I sit trying my best to write as many pages as I can every day and I am FRUSTRATED!
How do you deal with a deadline? Does it make it easier or harder to write. Does it inspire you or make you freeze like a deer in the headlights? Are there any little tricks you use to convince yourself that the DEADline is no big deal and that you can just sit down and calmly work toward that DEADline without actually ending up DEAD??? Somebody PLEASE tell me how to do this without losing my mind, or at least losing more than I have already.
That buzzard's solution is starting to look better and better. Is there some way to COERCE your characters into talking to you when they just won't? Don't they understand I'm under a DEADline here????