Wednesday, March 7, 2012

When Deadlines Come Alive

Oh man my title is so cheesy it makes me cringe.  Sorry. 

As a couple of you might remember from earlier posts, I'm currently finishing a revision of THE MADMAN'S CROWN and looking for beta readers. 

Last night when I was talking to a few people who offered to beta for me, I had a startling epiphany: 

I am suddenly accountable to people!  Yikes!

This is what my brain looked like when I realized I was accountable to people for finishing my revision.  (source)
It's not as if the idea of a deadline is new and scary to me.  I'm very used to meeting formal deadlines in school.  Even with my writing, I'm always giving myself deadlines--and I'm pretty good at setting realistic goals and meeting them. 

But something about my writing passing into the territory of formal-deadline-that-involves-people-other-than-me is kind of scary and kind of exciting. 

It's a wake-up call, really.  I am actually doing this!  I actually wrote a book, and people are going to...see it!  Some of them are even going to read it for me!  *shakes head*  It's real.  It's really real.

Have you ever experienced this, in writing or in life?  I know some people make themselves accountable to others as a motivational tool--have you ever done that?


  1. I set myself a deadline with getting my first book ready for publication. However, now i realise how much work there is, I might have to revise it. At the moment I'm only accountable to myself. Hmmm, a bit dangerous as I can talk myself into changing it! Good luck!

    1. Thanks! And I think, probably, in the earlier stages when you're still figuring out, it's important to know when you need to revise your deadlines.

  2. I don't stick to self-imposed deadlines very well. I have to involve other people :-)

  3. I try to make goals and I usually have to get people to make me accountable or I will never do it. But, take it one day at a time, you can do it! :)

  4. I think it does help to make us accountable to others, so we realize this isn't a "play game" of writing but actual "doing." This helps us to write the book and keep pressing forward in what we're doing with it and the next one.

  5. I am the deadline queen. Without pressure, I meander and drag and find a million other things to do with my time. I thrive with pressure and actually do my best work at the last minute (my poor mom panicked for weeks when I made my sister's wedding gown!) I find that being accountable to others can be incredibly motivating and inspirational. Didn't stop me from almost throwing up the first time I hit send on my e-mail copies to my beta readers, but, still... motivational.

    Congrats on getting to beta-ville!!!