Writing to Deadline

I have a theory that there are two drivers in the human condition. Fear and love. Fear can be very useful because it makes you keep your head up, see danger before it arrives, and take action. The thing is, fear kills creativity. Love is where I want to be. Creativity happens in a love based world. It is born when you can look at the world through the eyes of love, filter it through your senses, and make it visible to everyone.

As you have probably guessed, I have a deadline. Everyday I face a task that feels like a mountain. Or worse, I am called to other tasks and the mountain grows. It has occurred to me that it is fear inducing. All I can see now is getting to the end. I can finish, but is this the atmosphere in which I will do my best work?cute_pink_alarm_clock_design_vector_542279

I do believe creativity needs a container, in order to not become a meandering chaos. That is what an outline is for. But I am free to wander in and out of that outline at will. I liken it to sitting down to meditate and knowing I have the freedom to just be present and lose track of time because there is a timer that will tell me when I am done. When the edge of that container approaches everything comes together. I love that part.

Perhaps the key is to have conscious awareness of what is driving me and make some choices. Fear is great for discipline. It gets me to make a schedule and stick to it. I can check off my to do list and know I am on track to conquer the job. Love is what I tap into when I have arrived at the page. I accept what I have to offer and know my best is different on different days (my secret for curing writer’s block). I have to thank the fear once I get to my computer and set it aside so I can do what I love. Panicking over word count is not going to make me a good writer.

OK, I feel like I have my two drivers in there right place. What about you? Do deadlines work for you and do you have ways that you handle them?


About Kim Hudson

KIM HUDSON Author of The Virgin’s Promise I grew up in the Yukon, as what I would describe as a Hero’s daughter with a Cinderella Complex. Basically life taught me many of the things I needed to know to write my first book, The Virgin's Promise. It is on a story structure for a character that needs to connect to who she really is, separate from what everyone else expects of her. It uses movie example and is equally applicable to any kind of story telling. I spent the first half of my career first as a field geologist and later as a federal land claims negotiator. It was the 80's and I was proving I could do whatever men could do. I also learned that I am fascinated with masculine/feminine dynamics. Exploring my feminine side became important to me as I raised my two daughters. This lead me to study Writing for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School, and take courses on mythology, feminism and psychology including a Jungian Odyssey in Switzerland. The theory of the Virgin's journey was developed by closely observing the archetypal expressions that are all around us in movies, music, television, advertisements and stories of personal growth, including my own. In my posts I want to introduce an archetypal structure that expands the work of Joseph Campbell on the Hero's journey to include a feminine archetype. I hope it will create stories about women and men who follow their spiritual, sexual or creative awakening, otherwise known as their feminine side. I’ve tried to use examples of male and female Virgins to show this. So go ahead and explore the ideas, tell me what movies you liked and what stories you think is also a Virgin pathway, or stories of your own personal Virgin journey.
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3 Responses to Writing to Deadline

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Kim,

    Great post! To me, deadlines are good for scraping the day ‘s to-do list down to the essentials. But you’re right, fear gets in the way of creativity. I had too tight a deadline once. I produced a book, but it was not the story it needed to be. Only time (and love, that’s great!) let the story unfold naturally. Since then I’ve understood I’m not a 12-book-a-year writer, lol.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Kim, I do believe that you’re so right about fear and love. I’ll have to remember that the next time I’m stuck.

    I don’t write with an outline. I’ve tried in the past, and it’s usually not good for me. I get my best ideas as I write. More than once my murderer had turned into a great secondary character, and another character is the true villain. I usually have an idea of how long it takes to write my books – give or take a month. I don’t set deadlines, though, in case I’m wrong.

  3. Kim Hudson says:

    I love that follow where the bliss takes you approach to writing, and the importance of knowing yourself!

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