How Does a Deadline Help You Write?

My training as a magazine journalist taught me the value of deadlines. When you are up against the wall, you simply have to write. You have to start–and finish.

That’s the beauty of a deadline. You start and finish a writing project in a given amount of time–possibly in a short amount of time.

So what if you don’t actually have a deadline you have to meet? Impose one on yourself. Let your mind think that deadline is real. Actually, it is. You’ve given it to yourself. Be accountable–to yourself.

Or, try this: Take the Write Nonfiction in November challenge. Start and finish a nonfiction project in 30 days. You can write a book, an e-book, an article, an essay, a special report, or a tip book.  The word count doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you start and finish.

While you’re at it, read the blog. You’ll learn a ton from the 25 or more expert guest bloggers who will share a ton of information on writing in general, writing nonfiction, publishing, book promotion, platform building, finding agents and publishers, and so much more. WNFIN offers 30 days of information-packed blogs to keep you inspired while you write.

And the deadline keeps you writing.

What do you do once you’ve met the deadline, when November has come and gone, for example? You set another deadline.


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