Week Twenty: Impending Deadline

July 2, 2017

 

For those of you Midwesterners you should be very familiar with the phrase ‘Deer in the Headlights.’ That moment when you should spring into action you instead stand wide eyed and frozen as though you just got hit smack in the face with a stupefy curse. Well that basically sums up how I’m feeling right now when it comes to this deadline that I set for myself.

                Today is the first of July and technically I have two months to finish my first draft. If I continue at the rate I’m going, I will not finish in time. Why is it that when we need to rise to a challenge we instead procrastinate? I even recognize that I’m procrastinating yet I can’t get myself to sit in front of my computer and write! Why?! I cannot answer that question but I know that all you writers out there know exactly what I’m talking about. So how do we become unstupefyed? I can’t really answer that either because I’m still trying to figure it out but I will ask for your help. Here’s what you can do, ask me about it.

                That’s right coworker who’s reading this right now but has never mentioned my book to me at work. That means you mom, dad, sister, husband, friend, whoever you are reading this right now, be part of my journey. Be an active participant and ask me about it. Say, ‘hey how is your book coming along?’ I know you can do it! Send me a text telling me that you’re rooting for me. Send me a hand written note in the mail or shoot me an email. I’m asking for your help because trying to accomplish something bigger than yourself is not easy but what is easy is being stubborn and trying to do it on my own. Your support means the world and it could mean the difference between failure and success. Let me know that I’m not shouting in to the void. And while you’re at it, maybe tell me what I can do to support you. Because in this age of technology perhaps we forget that support is more than just a Like on a Facebook page or a heart emoji on your Instagram.  Take that five minutes out of your day to really support one another because I find that nothing is more uplifting than community.

              So, with that being said, I have placed a new comment box on my blog page where you can discuss the post of the week or just leave a nice comment for me. Please be advised that any negative comments I deem inappropriate will be immediately deleted. Please let's try to use civilized language and be kind to one another. Books are subjective and therefore we are all entitled to our own opinions but rudeness will not be tolerated so please be nice. :) 

 

Until next time, here’s an inspirational quote to get you through:

 

"The Ultimate Inspiration is the Deadline"

- Nolan Bushnell

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