I hope you’ll bear with me as I take another excursion from my usual posts about Native America. I’m under a horrific deadline right now — only 8 more days till due date and so, as my attention is on this very important fact right now, I thought I’d take a few moments to talk about deadlines.
Some authors don’t have deadlines. I knew an author once who simply wrote the books and turned them in to her publisher and they were published. No deadlines. I thought, Wow! Then I know authors who wait until the last minute (like me unfortunately) and then scramble to write that book. Once I even heard a composer say that he hadn’t written the music to the movie he was contracted to write until the week before it was due. I remember thinking, oh, gee, that’s leaving it a bit too long. Now, I sometimes wonder if Jane Austin worked under deadlines. Do any of you Jane Austin fans know?
I know one author who was so late on a deadline (2 years overdue) that I thought surely her publishers would end her contact. But no, it was the exact opposite. They offered her practically the world. Then there was another author who was so sick while she was under deadline that her husband (who was a vet) had to prop her up with things he knew that would keep her going.
Then there are authors who become so obcessed with writing and deadlines and writer’s block, that they turn to alcohol or some other sort of stimulant to help them to think. Personally, I don’t take drugs or drink to excess and so this isn’t an option for me. What I do find that works, however, in order to get that book written, are believe it or not, deadlines. Without them, it might take me years to write a book.
And then there are those distractions that keep us from writing as fast as we might — this one is very real to me. I have cats and often, they demand more attention than I can easily give them (when I’m under deadline). Someone once asked me how long it takes me to write a book. I said, it all depends on how long I have to write it per my contract. If they want a year, it will probably take me that long to write it. If they want it in three months, I’ll figure out a way to get it done.
All right. So for all of you who work under deadline (or don’t) come on in and tell me your thoughts on this. Bear with me if I take a while to respond. After all, I’m under deadline.
And don’t forget. If you don’t already have your copy of my latest book, BLACK EAGLE, written under the pen name of Gen Bailey, please go and get your copy today.