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D is for Deadlines and Delays #AtoZChallenge

When you decide to write, but you are writing "for yourself" or working to complete a book even though you don't have an agent or anybody else waiting for it, you have to make deadlines for yourself. 

If you have nobody holding you accountable, though, it's really easy to just keep delaying the work. 

Does delaying minimize the stress of a strict deadline, with monetary or other consequences?

Not really. 

You've made a promise to yourself. To keep working, to get to a end point. And, you've let yourself down. Even if you don't tell anybody about it, you still feel it every time you walk by your writing space.

What to do?

  • Find a writer's group. Make them miss you when you don't come to the meetings (bring cookies; they'll notice when you're gone). 
  • Note your personal deadlines in your calendar. Break the project down to bite-sized chunks: word count, hour count, chapter completion, etc.
  • Define your "why." Why do you want to complete this project, anyway? If you know you will feel better about yourself once it's done, you may feel better about sacrificing time for other things in order to put it first.
Good luck.

This has been a pep talk to myself, but I hope it works for you as well.

Happy writing!


  1. Haha, I like the comment about the cookies. That will definitely work! I really like the way you said to define your "why". That's something I have not been doing, and then when I get to the middle of the project, I end up growing weary, not understanding why I was doing this, and quickly shuffling over to another story. Thank you for pointing that out! I will definitely start to do that now.
    Great post!


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