“There’s nothing like a deadline,” said almost every writer I know. If they haven’t said it, for sure, they’ve thought it. Else, every word would sit and wait on hard drives and in notebooks simply because any piece of writing could stand yet just one more read-through, one more revision. Deadlines create urgency.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
– Steve Jobs
But urgency isn’t enough. The work that writers do is often self-guided, self-motivated. And this is where Jobs’ advice comes in. Making good time isn’t just about working at a fast clip, it’s also about using this time towards making the brave and difficult choices to put my writing on its correct path. This hasn’t been easy and has taken me several tries (and it will probably take several more) and to do so requires being an authority of one’s work despite the lack of proof when we’re first starting out. Take a stand just to listen to the truth in your head and in your heart, but don’t stand still for too long, get moving, your life’s work is waiting.